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Rounding the turn: Chargers 16th in PFT’s power rankings

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Another day, another AFC West team profiled in PFT’s preseason power rankings.

In our latest installment, we take a closer look at the Chargers, whom the PFT staff has ranked 16th entering the 2014 season. Overall, they are seventh among AFC clubs, per our rankings.

As was the case with the Chiefs — who checked in 17th in our rankings — this would leave the Chargers just outside the playoffs, were the power rankings to hold to form.

This would also leave the AFC West with just one playoff team.

So let’s get to the poll question: how many playoff teams will the AFC West produce? The division did field three postseason entrants a season ago. Give us your take in the comments, and cast your vote(s).

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33 Responses to “Rounding the turn: Chargers 16th in PFT’s power rankings”
  1. therealtruth210 says: Jul 15, 2014 10:18 AM

    one of the worst franchises in any sport. still waitng for their first Super Bowl. they are a disgrace

  2. joetoronto says: Jul 15, 2014 10:23 AM

    Chiefs and Chargers miss the playoffs this year, and they wear it well too.

  3. steelerben says: Jul 15, 2014 10:43 AM

    The Raiders have improved, but still aren’t a playoff team. The Chiefs lost half their team to free agency. The Chargers are the Chargers.

    None of the teams in the division are as horrible as they used to be, but that just means that the divisonal games will be more evenly split, which will keep three teams from the division out of the playoffs.

    The Broncos are the only team from the AFC West you can count on.

  4. 6ball says: Jul 15, 2014 10:53 AM

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    They play the NFC West in inter-conference play. How much confidence can you have in games against Seattle, SF, Arizona, and upstart St Louis?

    You can play well and still lose against those teams.
    .

  5. ptownbearsfan420 says: Jul 15, 2014 11:11 AM

    Garbage. Just me or for a team named the chargers does it seem like they’re always about half charged??
    #deadbatteries

  6. freepretzels says: Jul 15, 2014 11:14 AM

    As a Broncos fan this is the team I worry about, because they’re the only coaching staff that makes halftime adjustments or shows any real in game flexibility.

  7. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 15, 2014 11:26 AM

    The Chargers looked pretty good last year. Sixteen seems a bit low? When you think about it, every team in the AFC West is formidable. Except, of course, for the lowly Oakland franchise. Calling them Raiders is insulting to anyone who has ever successfully raided anything.

  8. chargrz says: Jul 15, 2014 11:37 AM

    16 is a little low but they do have a killer schedule. Their defense has got to be better as could not have been any worse than last year.

  9. therealtruth210 says: Jul 15, 2014 11:48 AM

    pooflingingmonkey says:
    Jul 15, 2014 11:26 AM
    The Chargers looked pretty good last year. Sixteen seems a bit low? When you think about it, every team in the AFC West is formidable. Except, of course, for the lowly Oakland franchise. Calling them Raiders is insulting to anyone who has ever successfully raided anything.

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    Raiders have the most super bowls in the division. last time I checked Super Bowls victories don’t expire

  10. madhos says: Jul 15, 2014 11:53 AM

    The ranking is too low, the Chargers will contend with the broncos for the division and make it to the AFC championship this year…at least. This is a team trending up.

  11. catfish252 says: Jul 15, 2014 12:12 PM

    This is way too high for this repeat under performing show, 22 or 23 is about right for the Chargers

  12. bwisnasky says: Jul 15, 2014 12:27 PM

    Peyton Manning is the only person from the AFC West you can count on.

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    FIFY… oh.. and he is only one guy, so when he gets overmatched, you can’t count on him either….

  13. pbeddoe says: Jul 15, 2014 12:44 PM

    16th seriously? 16th in lack of superbowl trophies!! Chargers are a Div II college team at best.

  14. 619sdfan4life says: Jul 15, 2014 12:45 PM

    ptownbearsfan420 says:
    Jul 15, 2014 11:11 AM
    Garbage. Just me or for a team named the chargers does it seem like they’re always about half charged??
    #deadbatteries

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    Says the Koala Bears Fan, y’all have one of the best RBs in the league and one of the best WR duos in the league yet y’all still can’t do anything in January. C’mon man “Pot calling Kettle Black here”

  15. listenup823 says: Jul 15, 2014 1:13 PM

    But chargersdiehard says it’s their Super Bowl year?!?!? I’m confused now

  16. damcmp says: Jul 15, 2014 1:16 PM

    The Chargers went to Super Bowl XXIX in Jan 1995. Lost to the 49er’s. So they have been to a Super Bowl

  17. therealtruth210 says: Jul 15, 2014 1:33 PM

    damcmp says:
    Jul 15, 2014 1:16 PM

    The Chargers went to Super Bowl XXIX in Jan 1995. Lost to the 49er’s. So they have been to a Super Bowl
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    first Super Bowl victory. forgot you Chargers fans are not that bright to figure that out.

  18. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 15, 2014 1:45 PM

    therealtruth210 says: Jul 15, 2014 11:48 AM

    Last time I checked, the Raiders haven’t been relevant for over a decade.

    Live in the now.

  19. chargerdillon says: Jul 15, 2014 1:56 PM

    Charger haters gonna hate.

  20. humb0lt says: Jul 15, 2014 3:35 PM

    I appreciate PFT ranking my Bolts in the middle of the pack. Thumbs up!

  21. laxcoach37 says: Jul 15, 2014 4:24 PM

    The ONLY reason the Chargers made the Post Season is because the Dolphins laid an egg in their final 2 game meltdown against the crappy Bills and Jets. In fact, the Chargers backed in even after the Dolphins had the Tiebreaker over them as they beat them easily in the regular the season. The Dolphins beat every team in the AFC Playoffs on their schedule. I am sure they could have beat the Chiefs too, but not the Broncos. It just goes to show any team in the AFC has a chance. The Colts, Pats, Chiefs and Broncos are all chokers. This year SuperBowl will be 49ers or Seahawks anyway.

  22. 619sdfan4life says: Jul 15, 2014 5:19 PM

    Blah blah blah “the only reason they made the playoffs “. Regardless of what you say Lax they still made it and beat the bengals and nearly beat the broncos. Of the 7 losses they had last year 6 of them were by a TD or less. They were in every game they played. Once your in the playoffs records don’t matter neither does fact that you lost to someone in the reg season. Quit crying

  23. raidadon says: Jul 15, 2014 6:16 PM

    The dolts are cute. No past, no present and no future. Commitment to o.k.

  24. rocoop says: Jul 15, 2014 6:32 PM

    Chargers and Broncos get 4 extra bye weeks playing in the AFC West..

  25. vaughnjoe says: Jul 15, 2014 7:50 PM

    Raiders and their fans gonna get swept this year

  26. vaughnjoe says: Jul 15, 2014 7:51 PM

    CHARGERS 2014!!!!

  27. chargersdiehard says: Jul 15, 2014 9:08 PM

    listenup823 says:Jul 15, 2014 1:13 PM

    But chargersdiehard says it’s their Super Bowl year?!?!? I’m confused now

    At least someone pays attention to me. And yes, we are due and in a perfect position to sneak away with one. I feel confident in our roster and coaches now like I did in the LT, Brees days. We held denver to their two lowest offensive games last year regular season and our d has improved in both health and personnel. Rivers could throw for 4000 with guys signed off the street and he finally has a loaded deck of weapons this year. This could be the year that breaks the streak and shuts the haters up.

  28. codyyp23 says: Jul 15, 2014 10:56 PM

    Oakland and KC are jokes. Everyone was getting blown out by Peyton. Chargers split the series with Denver for the regular season. (In Denver) and lost by a touchdown in the playoffs which was because of conservative play calling
    Until the second half. Chargers will be a contender this year.

  29. rawdog2013 says: Jul 16, 2014 12:43 AM

    Raiders 2014!!!!

  30. sammybaylor says: Jul 16, 2014 4:40 AM

    i think 16 is too low. their offense is guarenteed to be very good and their defense should look better so they are clearly better than last year. not a charger fan at all btw

  31. correctingerrors says: Jul 16, 2014 3:05 PM

    There was a point in January last year where all but 5 teams had been eliminated. The Chargers were one of those teams. According to PFT they got better in some areas, stayed the same in other areas, but did not get worse in any area.

  32. Savage Lizard says: Jul 16, 2014 3:21 PM

    “Raiders have the most super bowls in the division. last time I checked Super Bowls victories don’t expire”

    Nope, they don’t. But you do realize that there is a different owner, different front office, different coaches, and different players than the Raiders who won those Super Bowls, right? The only thing the Raiders have in common with those teams are the uniforms.

    49-111 over the past 10 seasons, Super Bowls won three decades ago have ZERO to do with 2014.

  33. bolted4life says: Jul 17, 2014 9:07 PM

    GO CHARGERS!!!!!!!!

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