NFL Power Rankings: Will the real Chargers please stand up?

NFL Power Rankings: Will the real Chargers please stand up?
October 15, 2013, 5:30 pm
Share This Post
Scott Krinch and Jake Flannigan

Every week during the NFL season, CSNChicago.com's Scott Krinch and Jake Flannigan will roll out updated power rankings.

Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

Check out the rankings going into Week 7:

Rank Scott Jake Comment
1  photo broncos_zpse3ee9d6d.jpg  photo broncos_zpse3ee9d6d.jpg

Scott: Despite the score, the game was never in doubt. First true test looms in Indy on Sunday Night Football.

Jake: Avoided a scare against the worst team in the NFL. Just the kind of mid-season wakeup call an undefeated team needed.

2  photo chiefs_zps5c89355c.jpg  photo seahawks_zpsce3e91f8.jpg

Scott: 10 sacks! Kansas City's defense is rocking and rolling right now. Could realistically be 9-0 before Week 11 showdown with the Broncos.

Jake: When the Seahawks go into “Beast Mode” they are as good as anyone in the league.

3   photo seahawks_zpsce3e91f8.jpg   photo saints_zps493adc46.jpg

Scott: I think Marshawn Lynch ate an extra bag of skittles before Sunday's performance against the Titans.

Jake: Oh, so close for the Saints in New England. That dude named Brady can still get it done.

4   photo saints_zps493adc46.jpg  photo chiefs_zps5c89355c.jpg

Scott: Rob Ryan's face said it at all after the Saints' last minute collapse against the Patriots.

Jake: I’ve seen enough to know the Chiefs are here to stay in 2013. Let the playoff countdown begin.

5   photo patriots_zps5d6f60f3.jpg  photo packers_zps9241c3a0.jpg

Scott: I'm not sure how the Patriots are doing it, but somehow Belichick's cast of characters are getting it done.

Jake: Rodgers is going to have his work cut out for him with more injuries to key weapons.

6   photo packers_zps9241c3a0.jpg  photo patriots_zps5d6f60f3.jpg

Scott: With Cobb and Jones down, I'm sure Rodgers will make some unknown wide receiver a household name.

Jake: Deserve a few bumps up based on a solid home victory over one of the best teams in football.

7    photo 49erslogo_zps18c00d7c.jpg
 photo 49erslogo_zps18c00d7c.jpg

Scott: Run, run, run and run some more. It's the model to success in San Francisco.

Jake: Don’t forget about that Davis guy at tight end. Oops, too late.

8   photo lions_zps074dea3c.jpg  photo bengals_zps979320a5.jpg

Scott: The dancing machine, Joseph Fauria, has been a matchup nightmare of opposing secondaries.

Jake: Dalton to Green is a thing of beauty. The more we see it, the more the Bengals win.

9   photo colts_zps5a4eb2fd.jpg  photo colts_zps5a4eb2fd.jpg

Scott: Brutal run defense in San Diego. Need to shore it up ASAP if they want to upset the Broncos.

Jake: The Chargers made the Colts look about as mediocre as...well, the Chargers.

10   photo chicagobears_zpse2487c10.jpg  photo lions_zps074dea3c.jpg

Scott: Jay Cutler is on pace for career-high numbers. The big question in Chicago? Can he keep it up?

Jake: Stafford is proving he will be elite, he may be elite now. And, he was probably always elite.

11   photo bengals_zps979320a5.jpg  photo chicagobears_zpse2487c10.jpg

Scott: If the Bengals want to be elite they need to put away a team that starts their practice squad quarterback.

Jake: No turnovers for the offense and multiple forced by the defense is always a recipe for success in Chicago.

12  photo ravens_zpsced68d15.jpg   photo dolphins_zps9170b9f9.jpg

Scott: Has Ray Rice declined that much already or is the Ravens' run blocking just that bad?

Jake: The Fins don’t even play and they move up. Need to smother Bills early in Week 7 contest.

13   photo cowboys_zpsbcbd9db5.jpg   photo cowboys_zpsbcbd9db5.jpg

Scott: A decimated defense somehow performs better than a healthy Cowboys defense ... go figure.

Jake: It’s impossible to deny that the Cowboys have talent. Will they show it off or squander it this week against the Eagles?

14   photo dolphins_zps9170b9f9.jpg  photo ravens_zpsced68d15.jpg

Scott: I hope their offensive line practiced 24/7 during the bye week.

Jake: The great Ray Rice disappearing act.

15  photo chargers_zps6d08cd8a.jpg  photo cardinals_zps2c2a2adb.jpg

Scott: Rivers-to-Allen ... I think the Chargers have found their next Vincent Jackson.

Jake: If Arizona could just limit the turnovers, they would be right in the thick of things in the NFC.

16   photo eagles_zps5caacc0e.jpg  photo rams_zps85e0ab6d.jpg

Scott: When Chip Kelly's offense is clicking it looks pretty unstoppable even with Foles at the helm.

Jake: Bradford looked amazing, while the defense and special teams was even more impressive.

17   photo titans_zpsd2b36b0a.jpg  photo eagles_zps5caacc0e.jpg

Scott: The Titans need Jake Locker back in the worst way. Who would have predicted that in preseason?

Jake: A trio of TD’s from Foles gave the Eagles what they needed to get past the Bucs.

18   photo rams_zps85e0ab6d.jpg  photo panthers_zpsc4db51ee.jpg

Scott: Has Sam Bradford turned the corner? Is it a product of playing two straight bad teams? Maybe a little of both.

Jake: Carolina is up and down. Last week against the Vikings they were out of this world good.

19    photo jets_zpsbff565ef.jpg  photo chargers_zps6d08cd8a.jpg

Scott: When Geno Smith looks bad, he looks downright awful. Maybe not Tebow awful, but Sanchez awful.

Jake: The strangest team in the NFL. I thought they were pretenders. Then I knew they were pretenders. Now, I can’t pretend like the Chargers didn’t just defeat the Colts.

20   photo browns_zpsdc533f95.jpg  photo titans_zpsd2b36b0a.jpg

Scott: It doesn't get any easier for the Hoyer-less Browns as they head to Lambeau in Week 7.

Jake: It’s tough to look on the bright side when you play two of the best teams in the NFC in back-to-back weeks without your starting QB.

21   photo cardinals_zps2c2a2adb.jpg  photo texans_zps3ae24c97.jpg

Scott: Obviously Palmer isn't the long-term answer in Arizona, but it's not looking like he's the short-term answer either.

Jake: Houston...we have MORE than a just a problem.

22    photo panthers_zpsc4db51ee.jpg  photo redskins_zps13fad0a6.jpg

Scott: Good Cam, bad Cam, good Cam, bad Cam. This week Carolina got excellent Cam.

Jake: Time is running out for the Redskins to reverse an awful start to the season.

23   photo bills_zpsf06fb9b4.jpg  photo falcons_zpsc0934b80.jpg

Scott: Here comes Mr. Matt "stealing money" Flynn to the rescue in Buffalo.

Jake: Did anyone think a Week 7 game against the Bucs would be a must-win for the Falcons.

24   photo texans_zps3ae24c97.jpg  photo jets_zpsbff565ef.jpg

Scott: Fans were excited about Yates for all of two minutes until he promptly threw a Schaub-six.

Jake: Bad loss to the Steelers. Can make a splash with a home win over the Pats this week.

25   photo raiders_zpsc0ec5905.jpg  photo browns_zpsdc533f95.jpg

Scott: Just when you thought the Dolphins would set a record for sacks allowed in a single season. Here comes the Raiders.

Jake: Not sure why Josh Gordon hasn’t been traded yet.

26   photo falcons_zpsc0934b80.jpg  photo bills_zpsf06fb9b4.jpg

Scott: No Jones, maybe Roddy White. Defense hurting. This team is an absolute mess right now.

Jake: Played the Bengals really tough, but the losses are mounting and Matt Flynn has been added.

27   photo steelers_zpsb3a0fe2e.jpg  photo raiders_zpsc0ec5905.jpg

Scott: I'm making a bold prediction: The Steelers will make the playoffs in 2013.

Jake: Didn’t have enough firepower to hang with K.C.

28   photo redskins_zps13fad0a6.jpg  photo steelers_zpsb3a0fe2e.jpg

Scott: RGIII is starting to look like himself again. It won't matter because the Redskins defense can't seem to stop anyone.

Jake: Finally...the Steelers got a victory. Ironically the same week the Pirates cooled off.

29   photo vikings_zpsf7b3524d.jpg  photo giants_zps9b2d5a38.jpg

Scott: It's time to see if Freeman can be the long-term answer.

Jake: Stuck with the Bears, but still winless after six games in New York is a magnet for criticism.

30  photo giants_zps9b2d5a38.jpg  photo vikings_zpsf7b3524d.jpg

Scott:Will be shocked if the Giants don't pick up their first victory against the Vikings on Monday Night Football.

Jake: You would think Minnesota could get back on track with a win over the Giants. But, I bet you it doesn’t play out that way.

31  photo jaguars_zps46ba3d92.jpg  photo buccaneers_zps914c60de.jpg

Scott: At least Justin Blackmon is making fantasy owners very happy.

Jake: Glennon had some nice connections to Jackson, but came up short against the Eagles.

32  photo buccaneers_zps914c60de.jpg  photo jaguars_zps46ba3d92.jpg

Scott: Blah. There's not much else you can say about the Bucs right now.

Jake: The Jaguars aren’t as bad as we thought they were. Yet, they’re still without a win in 2013.