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  • Chargers Power Rankings / Ratings / Standings (End of 2021 Season)

    End of Season, so many don't do their Power Rankings. First group, individuals:

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    Dalton Miller - Pro Football Network 16 (LW 11)
    https://www.profootballnetwork.com/n...rd-round-2022/

    The Chargers had one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Raiders defense has struggled mightily since their hot start to the season. But none of that mattered on Sunday night. LA couldn't find any sort of groove offensively until the end of regulation.

    Drops and penalties were also a factor against Las Vegas. It felt like the Chargers dropped more passes on the final drive alone than some teams have all season. But Justin Herbert wrote the first chapter of his biography tonight. Unfortunately, when it looked like the Raiders might be playing for the tie, Herbert's head coach called a timeout for some reason. Then, the Raiders decided to send them home, even if it meant risking a missed kick returned for a TD.

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    Matt Johnson - Sportsnaut 15 (LW 12)
    https://sportsnaut.com/nfl-power-ran...pdated-weekly/

    There will be a lot of focus on Brandon Staley's decision to call a timeout, but that wasn't the real problem. With a playoff spot on the line, a front seven that allowed nearly 140 rushing yards per game showed up once again. There is enough skill talent to compete with anyone in the NFL and Justin Herbert is capable of winning a Super Bowl, but Los Angeles needs to overhaul its interior defensive line this offseason.

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    Russell S. Baxter - Fansided 14 (LW 15)
    https://fansided.com/2022/01/10/2021...raiders-colts/

    It has been an up-and-down year for first-time NFL head coach rain Brandon Staley and the erratic Chargers. But a victory on Sunday at Las Vegas would not only complete a season sweep of the Raiders but send the Bolts to the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

    Justin Herbert threw for 383 yards and one score. But the Chargers' defense gave up 174 yards on the ground. The game would reach overtime and Staley's team was beaten on the final play.

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    Frank Schwab - Yahoo Sports 15 (LW 14)
    https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl-power-r...154933840.html

    Let's be clear: Brandon Staley's timeout in overtime, which came with the play clock almost expired, wasn't what changed things. The Raiders still ran the ball after the timeout and had it been stuffed, they were very unlikely to even try a field goal from 57 or more yards. Instead Las Vegas gained 10 yards, and that's what led to the field-goal attempt. But to some, it's a chance to dunk on Staley. It's just disingenuous.

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    Walter Cherepinsky - Walter Football 13 (LW 12)
    http://walterfootball.com/nflpowerrankings.php

    No blurb - Overrated team

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    Pete Prisco - CBS Sports 15 (LW 11)
    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/powerrankings/

    There will be a lot of questions about the decisions Brandon Staley made this year, especially in the final game. Justin Herbert is too good to be watching the playoffs

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    Dan Hanzus - NFL.com 15 (LW 13)
    https://www.nfl.com/news/nfl-power-r...regular-season

    The Chargers nearly pulled it off. Justin Herbert willed the Bolts back to life against the Raiders with two touchdown drives in the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter, including an unforgettable game-tying march that included multiple fourth-and-long conversions and a touchdown pass to Mike Williams on the last play of regulation. Los Angeles couldn't complete the comeback in overtime, however, ending another season for a star-crossed franchise that always seems to leave its fans asking, "What if?" The first order of business in the offseason: Identify a solution that addresses the team's most crippling deficiency -- run defense.

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    Consensus Rankings:

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    MMQB SI.COM Consensus 14 (LW 14)
    https://www.si.com/nfl/2022/01/11/mm...-rankings-poll

    The Chargers found a way to come up short, even if they didn't look like the same old Chargers doing it. But the loss (and near tie!) against the Raiders will make for a longer offseason, in more ways than one.

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    Reddit NFLPowerRankers Consensus 13 (LW 12)
    https://www.reddit.com/r/nfl/comment...ower_rankings/

    If you want to get a good feel for how the Chargers' 2021 season played out, just look at the last three games. You'll find embarrassing, unexplainable performances against teams like the Texans. You'll find complete efforts with total domination in all phases like when we beat up on Denver. And then you have games like Sunday night. Games where the Chargers will recover from self-inflicted wounds and opponents performing well against us and make magical comebacks attempts that ultimately fall short. The more things seem to change, the more they stay the same. Congratulations to the Raiders, they earned it. The Chargers showed everyone in the league once again that the blueprint is there for success, but building a winner takes more than a blueprint.

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    AP Pro 32 Consensus 15 (LW 14)
    http://www.pro32.ap.org/poll

    <no blurb>

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    The Athletic Consensus 14 (LW 12)
    https://theathletic.com/3063475/2022...egular-season/

    What did we learn? Two things: Justin Herbert is ridiculous, and no coach dominated his weekly news conferences and set NFL Twitter buzzing more than Brandon Staley, the first-year head coach/analytics king and real-life Ted Lasso. Sure, we can question Staley's decision to call timeout against the Raiders on Sunday night, or scrutinize many of his other fourth-down decisions from earlier in the season. The main reason the Chargers aren't in the playoffs, though, is because their dreadful run defense couldn't stop the lowly Texans last month, or the Raiders on a third-and-4 after that infamous timeout.

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    • #3
      Rankings Summary:

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      • #4
        Ratings Summary:

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        • #5
          Final AFC seeding:

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            • #7
              Aikman Efficiency:

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              • #8
                Football Outsiders DVOA:



                Offense: #4, Passing #4, Rush #14

                Defense: #26, Passing #19, Rush #30

                Special Teams: #28

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                • #9
                  So that's the wrap for the season, at least for the opinions and numbers. If you have suggestions on what I can add or just remove, let me know.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you man.... well done through the season, I appreciate it.

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