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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 11 roundup for the Chargers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Most important remaining game: Sunday vs. Steelers

It's the next game, which is an essential one, since the Chargers have lost three out of the past four following a 4-1 start, the most recent defeat coming at home against the Vikings. The offense was stagnant against Minnesota, only gaining 253 yards and losing the time of possession battle by more than 12 minutes. The Chargers, who also have lost games to the Patriots and Ravens during the past month, need a victory over an AFC contender to get back on track for the playoffs. Beating the Steelers -- who are a half-game ahead of them in the wild-card standings -- in front of a national audience could set the Chargers up for a second-half push. -- Shelley Smith

NFL.com -- Rank: 11

The Chargers remain a frustratingly inconsistent operation, particularly on offense. A week after Justin Herbert and Co. appeared to shake their slump in a win over the Eagles, the L.A. attack was again out of sync in a 27-20 loss to the Vikings, the Bolts' third loss in five games at SoFi Stadium this season. The hit-or-miss nature of the offense is putting the other side of the ball in a vulnerable position, as Los Angeles continues to lose the time of possession battle on a weekly basis. A tired Chargers defense had the Vikings at second-and-17 and third-and-20 on the final possession of the game and surrendered first downs in each instance as Minnesota successfully ran out the clock for the win.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

They just don't look like the same offense in terms of productivity that they were a year ago. Justin Herbert isn't putting up big numbers, which is on the coaching staff.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

It's been well documented that they own league's worst run defense. But Bolts are also headed south rushing the ball, averaging 90 over the past four games (three of them losses).

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Steal a player: Nick Bosa, 49ers defensive end

A glaring weakness on the Chargers roster is the lack of a second pass rusher to line up opposite Joey Bosa, who leads the team with 5 1/2 sacks. The rest of the team has 11 1/2, with no player having more than 2 1/2, and the defense ranks 30th in third-down conversions. Stealing Nick Bosa (who recorded his eighth sack of the season on Monday night) from the 49ers to play with his older brother would be fun as hell for a creative, defensive-minded coach like Brandon Staley and a nightmare for opposing offenses.

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