San Diego Chargers rise to No. 1 in NFL Power Rankings


San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers following their 31-0 shutout over the New York Jets, continue to rise up the weekly power rankings.

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The Chargers this week have risen to No. 1 in’s power rankings.

"A collective holding of the breath after Philip Rivers banged his finger on his own lineman’s helmet on a simple follow-through. Luckily, he’s fine — as is his game. Some of the plays Rivers made Sunday were just ridiculous, whether it was shaking off a sack and converting a third-and-17 or delivering an absolute dime of a touchdown pass to Antonio Gates. -Elliot Harrison"

The Chargers also rose to No. 1 in’s power rankings.

"In Sunday’s biggest blowout, the Chargers once again proved why they are one of the league’s premier teams. Philip Rivers was on point utilizing Antonio Gates and a new weapon Branden Oliver who stepped in for the injured Donald Brown. Oliver looked like a beefed-up version of Darren Sproles, racking up 182 yards on 24 touches while forcing six missed tackles in the open field. The Chargers are getting it done on both sides of the ball. -Dan Schneier"

The Chargers rose to No. 3 in’s power rankings.

"This is a very tough football team with a red-hot quarterback in Philip Rivers but a number of players couldn’t finish the 31-0 shutout of the Jets last week. The Raiders are up next which shouldn’t be a problem. -Pat Kirwan"

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  • Finally the Chargers also moved up to No. 3 in Bleacher’s power rankings.

    "The San Diego Chargers have taken down the defending Super Bowl champions, traveled across the country to smack down the Buffalo Bills and on Sunday, they dismantled the New York Jets.That sounds like a top-tier team to me.The success of Philip Rivers and the offense is amazing when you consider that Antonio Gates is at least 190 years old (or 34) and they’re down to running backs named Branden Oliver to carry the load. And it’s working! Mike McCoy, welcome to the Coach of the Year conversation.The AFC’s two best teams are in the West, folks. -Matt Miller"