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Chargers land at No. 22 in PFT’s Preseason Power Rankings

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If the Broncos are clear-cut AFC West favorites, then the Chiefs land the title of “team everyone’s going to say they picked to win the division” should Denver falter and Kansas City (finally) plays to its talent level. The Raiders? They’re rebuilding. I mean, that’s what it is, and that’s OK, for it has to be done.

So where does this leave the Chargers? Sort of in-between, right? The Chiefs are the chic sleeper, and the Raiders are the sort of sleeper you talk yourself into after staring at the depth chart for an hour.

To some, the Chargers — who garner the No. 22 spot in PFT’s Preseason Power Rankings – may seem like yesterday’s news. They have a good quarterback (Philip Rivers), but he turns 32 in December. Overall their roster has some solid pieces, but there are some holes, with the offensive line a primary worry.

It seems like it could go either way for San Diego. We’re a little pessimistic, but the Chargers still have a capable starting quarterback. Things could be worse.

Now, here’s your chance to tell us if we’ve properly placed the Chargers in our power rankings.

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16 Responses to “Chargers land at No. 22 in PFT’s Preseason Power Rankings”
  1. wfriedrichs says: Jul 14, 2013 9:19 AM

    I’m a bolts fan and this ranking seems right. they are probably an 8-8 team. Too many question marks with this team. O-line, WR, RB, and all other AJ Smith disasters of the last 2-3 years. Bolts are a ways away from being good again. probably won’t happen in Philip Rivers era.

  2. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jul 14, 2013 9:59 AM

    I’m kinda happy that the years of the Chargers being predicted to go to the Super Bowl are over

  3. vibesid says: Jul 14, 2013 10:07 AM

    This will be another sad year for the Chargers as they miss the playoffs again. They simply have a bad team.

  4. vaphinfan says: Jul 14, 2013 11:00 AM

    Charger fans be happy since AJ Smith is out now. Now we can watch him dismantle the skins. But dont get too excited cause you still have a turnover machine in Rivers.

  5. humb0lt says: Jul 14, 2013 11:13 AM

    My compliments to the writer Mike Wilkening. He knows the Chargers. Bolts fans who know the team will be nodding their head in agreement reading Mr. Wilkening’s assessment of the Bolts’ strengths and weaknesses. This Bolts fan is impressed.

  6. joetoronto says: Jul 14, 2013 11:37 AM

    They’ll finish 31st, just above the Chiefs.

  7. yerhatinforhatinsake says: Jul 14, 2013 12:10 PM

    I don’t necessarily think that this ranking is wrong. However, they will still finish 2nd place in the division. People keep picking KC to finally live up to their talent. Crennell wasnt a great coach, but he isn’t an awful one either. This team just doesn’t play hard when it counts. The Colts went suck for Luck, got a great QB, and were playoff bound because of it… And because they played hard when it counted for Pagano via Bruce Arians. But, KC only got a tackle, and filled their most important hole with a game manager, Alex Smith. Reid is a decent coach, but a little washed up, and tired. I don’t see him taking a 2-14 team to 2nd place in the division… Let alone competing for first place with the Broncos. Especially when he couldn’t do it with a much more stacked Philly team, that was a Super Bowl favorite. The Chiefs are turning into what the media used to say about San Diego.. “this is finally going to be the year”. They will get better, but still 3rd place.

  8. craniator says: Jul 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    No way are the Chargers a better football team than the Dolphins, though they may finish with similar records due to San Diego having an easier schedule.

  9. txraiderfan says: Jul 14, 2013 12:52 PM

    By “surprise” I mean they won’t suck

  10. raider8er says: Jul 14, 2013 1:48 PM

    As a Raider fan I feel bad for the Charger fans.

    They had a real window for years to go all the way. It’s frustrating. I think they can still compete and perhaps even win the division this year with some luck and a Denver collapse.

    Be glad your team did not nose-dive to the point of irrelevance for a decade and needed the death of the owner to FINALLY start to rebuild.

  11. jiggy3198 says: Jul 14, 2013 1:53 PM

    No!!No!!!No!!! They are going to win the Super Bowl. After all they are the home opener for the Eagles and the last four super bowl champs have been the home opener for the Eagles. Go to Vegas and mortgage all you got on the Bolts!!!

  12. txraiderfan says: Jul 14, 2013 4:54 PM

    As a Raider fan, I was really sad to see Norv Turner go

  13. ambitoos says: Jul 14, 2013 8:34 PM

    Dean Spanos waited way too long to dump AJ Smith. It’s going to take awhile to fix the damage he created. I wouldn’t feel too bad if we ended up below the rest of the teams in the AFC west. We need some great draft picks to rebuild the O line.

  14. jaialaicharger says: Jul 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    joetoronto says:Jul 14, 2013 11:37 AM

    They’ll finish 31st, just above the Chiefs.

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    Raider fan hating again because your team is sorry. only the raiders would be capable of finishing 34th, just under the Toronto Astronauts.

  15. makeitnashty says: Jul 15, 2013 2:03 PM

    This is way too low. Chargers will be in the playoffs. Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes will be dominant forces up front to go along with Manti and Butler, who will be a great 1-2 punch at MLB. And we all know Mccoy will turn this offense around.

  16. brassknuckles47 says: Jul 20, 2013 1:32 PM

    First of all let me state that Tom ‘Terrific’ Telesco really blew the FA and draft by not addressing the #1 and #3 priority in the draft-Left Tackle and Nose Tackle. Plus, drafter a two down Mike Linebacker makes me sad. A very POOR job Telesco! However, I do believe that the ranking is a bit low. The Chargers have improved their ‘O’ line by 20% giving Rivers more time to complete passes, reduce interceptions and open better holes for the RB’s; WR Brown is back and Allen will be terrific; Freeney although older will help OLB; new CB’s are a vast improvement over Grandma Jammer and ‘What-do-I-do-now’ Antonio Cason; DL is a ???. If the Chargers grab RB McGahee, I believe that the Chargers are an 8-8/9-7 team. If not 6-10.
    Telesco has already proven that he can not address immediate needs. D- performance.

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