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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Chargers

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Los Angeles Chargers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Chargers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Bold second-half prediction: The Chargers will get their defense sorted out and make the playoffs.

Quarterback Justin Herbert had his two hiccups this season, and I'm guessing he's done with those. The schedule lays out pretty well, so look for him to continue to defy non-believers. Said one veteran observer, "He's just not human." Herbert completed 84.2% of his passes against Philadelphia after having two of his worst outings as a pro vs. New England and Baltimore (51% and 56%, respectively). He's determined and poised to make a run this second half of the season, so a little defensive improvement will do wonders. -- Shelley Smith

NFL.com -- Rank: 9

The Chargers got the Justin Herbert performance they needed and returned to the win column as a result. The talented second-year passer was back to his gunslinger ways in a hard-fought 27-24 road win over the Eagles that -- combined with a Raiders loss -- moved the Chargers into a first-place tie in the AFC West at the season's virtual midpoint. Herbert completed 32 of 38 passes for 356 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, rebounding from back-to-back subpar performances in losses to the Patriots and Ravens. "We have an elite quarterback that can really throw it anywhere on the field," coach Brandon Staley said after the game. Herbert next gets a Vikings defense that just surrendered 500 yards in an overtime loss to Baltimore.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

They got back to playing the type of offensive football they need to play, which is to let Justin Herbert be free and loose. He's too good not to do that.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

You want to like them, but Bolts D allowing most rushing yards in NFL and league-worst 5.0 yards per carry makes it tough.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Are they good? If not for the lopsided loss at Baltimore last month, this would be a fairly confident yes. Instead, it's a tepid one. The Chargers lead the AFC West thanks to their head-to-head win against the Raiders. Despite questions about early-down play calling -- why so many runs, Joe Lombardi! -- the Chargers still have one of the NFL's most efficient offenses (fourth in offensive EPA, per TruMedia). We'd still like to see more.

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