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Chargers Power Rankings Roundup: Only one more game to go!

The Chargers lost a boring one against the Broncos on the road 16-9 to continue a rough stretch to end the 2023 season.

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The Chargers continued their rough stretch to end the season with their latest 16-9 loss to the Broncos on Sunday afternoon. Easton Stick and the offense did not look nearly as connected as they did the prior Saturday against the Bills and it made for one heck of a boring contest to take in. The Chargers are now 5-11 heading into the season finale this coming Sunday at home against the Chiefs.

Let’s go ahead and take a look at where the Bolts landed this week's power rankings. - #27

“It was interesting hearing the CBS broadcast crew continue to talk about the Chargers being a talented team, albeit one that has been ravaged by injury this season. That might be true, but even taking the injuries into account, I’ve started to question whether the Chargers actually are among the league’s more talented clubs. Especially considering the high-priced veterans who might not be back, along with a host of young players who have yet to fully realize their potential — or, as in the case of some offensive linemen, who have taken a step backward in their development. I still think that whoever ends up running this team will be taking on a relatively attractive job, with Justin Herbert and a few other pieces in place. But when one considers their salary-cap situation (projected to be almost $35 million in the red in 2024, per Over The Cap) and the veterans who might be lost this offseason, the roster might not be as stacked as some assume.” - Eric Edholm

Yahoo Sports - #27

“The Chargers need the season to end. Sunday’s loss to the Broncos was an ugly one, especially on offense.” - Frank Schwab

ESPN - #28

“There are many players to choose from, including Khalil Mack, Joey Bosa and Mike Williams, who all will have cap hits upward of $30 million next season. But Allen and the Chargers are linked in a way that those other players aren’t. Drafted in the third round in 2013, Allen is the longest-tenured Charger, having been part of the team with Philip Rivers in San Diego to Justin Herbert in L.A. and everything in between. But Allen is 31 and has a cap hit of $34.7 million next season. With a new regime, Allen could be playing elsewhere in 2024.” - Kris Rhim

Pro Football Talk - #29

“Start Jim Harbaugh watch.” - Mike Florio

The Athletic - #29

“This is not a new lesson. The Chargers are just the most recent team to highlight it. They hired Brandon Staley in 2021 because he was the hot defensive name. They fired him after 14 games this year because he was 5-9 and his defense stunk. The coaching change hasn’t changed the team’s luck. The Chargers have lost four straight and seven of their last eight heading into the season finale against the Chiefs.” - Josh Kendall

USA Today - #30

“Given how little went right for this team, credit veteran OLB Khalil Mack. Not only did he surpass 100 career sacks, he managed a career-best 16 in 2023 to do it. A guy who might be a cap casualty in 2024 should have several suitors if so.” - Nate Davis

CBS Sports - #30

“So much for the interim coach boost. That lasted a week. Now it’s on to finding the right guy for the long term.” - Pete Prisco

The Ringer - #30

“The Chargers got their post–Brandon Staley bump out of the way when they played the Bills close in a Week 16 loss. Now two weeks removed from Staley’s firing, the Chargers are toast. They were kept out of the end zone in a 16-9 loss to the Broncos on Sunday—and two of Cameron Dicker’s field goals were from beyond 50 yards—and rarely resembled a functional NFL offense without Justin Herbert. The Chargers and their fans should be counting the minutes until the offseason, when they can hit the reset button with a new coach and general manager.” - Lindsay Jones

Sporting News - #30

“The Chargers are headed to some big changes after their injury-riddled, coach-firing mess to end the season. This team’s potential is high but there are many schematic vs. personnel things that must be cleaned up around Justin Herbert and the defensive foundation.” - Vinnie Iyer