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

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Fantasy surprise: RB Justin Jackson

His spot on the team was in question in training camp, and he doesn't have much value now, but Jackson is a good player to keep on your radar if Austin Ekeler gets hurt again. Jackson had four carries for 21 yards against the Cowboys in Week 2, and he has performed when called upon in the past, so he could be worth stashing as a handcuff. -- Shelley Smith

NFL.com -- Rank: 14

The Chargers lost to the Cowboys because they couldn't get out of their own way. Los Angeles committed 12 penalties for 99 yards, with two of those infractions negating touchdowns. Some of the penalties could charitably be defined as borderline, but legitimate contenders find a way to rise above these challenges, and the Bolts aren't there -- at least not yet. Justin Herbert wasn't immune to mistakes, either. The second-year quarterback threw a pair of interceptions, but he also made a number of brilliant throws that keep the arrow up on his young career. "Justin Herbert was outstanding," Brandon Staley said after the game. "He was the best player on the field."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

They just didn't do enough on offense against a depleted Cowboys defense last week. The penalties also killed them.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

Penalties (12 on Sunday), turnovers (2), screwy luck, gut-wrenching defeats -- let's not expect rookie head coach Brandon Staley to change this organization's culture and history overnight.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

The Chargers would have liked a win over the Cowboys to go with Justin Herbert's ridiculous throw that went viral, but the retweets tell the story of their confidence level in their QB. Herbert threw two picks in the loss to Dallas, a reminder that Sunday was only his 17th career start. The offensive line had Herbert on the run throughout the game; the Cowboys hit him nine times. But for all that's gone wrong at times for the Chargers, they seem to have made the successful transition of one franchise quarterback (Philip Rivers) to the next.

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