San Diego Chargers: Week 3 NFL Power Rankings (#7)

Last week: 8 (+1)

Record: 2-0

No, I’m not convinced the Chargers have suddenly become good in the 1st half of the season. The Raiders and the Titans suck. They’ll have a test this week when Atlanta comes to town. That being said, I think this is still the favorite in the AFC West. The Broncos are not a finished product, as you saw in Monday Night, and they have a tougher schedule. The Chargers’ defense seems much improved over last season (as you would expect of a team that has used 7 of its last 8 picks in the first 3 rounds on defense) and Philip Rivers is doing an excellent job holding together an injury riddled offense that’s going to be getting their everything back, Ryan Mathews, back from injury this week. Rivers was pressured on 20 of 37 drop backs, last week. Do you know what he did? 3 sacks, 1 scramble, and completed 10 of 16. And that’s throwing to Malcom Floyd, Robert Meachem (just kidding, no one ever throws to Robert Meachem), and Dante Rosario. If this is what this team looks like in early season form, just imagine what will happen once they hit their strides.

Studs

QB Philip Rivers: 24 of 32 for 284 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 1 hit as thrown, 91.3 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 20 of 37 drop backs (3 sacks, 1 scramble, 10 of 16, 1 hit as thrown, 1 interception)

FS Eric Weddle: Did not allow a reception on 1 attempt, 1 interception, 3 solo tackles, 1 stop

RE Corey Liuget: 1 quarterback hit and 2 quarterback pressures on 19 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, no tackles

LOLB Shaun Phillips: 2 quarterback hits and 3 quarterback pressures on 19 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 stop

Duds

LT Michael Harris: Allowed 10 quarterback hurries on 41 pass block snaps, 2 penalties, run blocked for 1 yards on 3 attempts

RT Jeromey Clary: Allowed 3 sacks, 1 quarterback hit, and 3 quarterback hurries on 41 pass block snaps, run blocked for 8 yards on 6 carries

C Nick Hardwick: Allowed 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 2 quarterback hurries on 41 pass block snaps, run blocked for 47 yards on 11 carries

RB Curtis Brinkley: Rushed for 43 yards (29 after contact) on 18 carries, 1 broken tackle, 1 fumble, caught 4 passes for 23 yards on 4 targets

WR Robert Meachem: Did not catch a pass on 4 targets on 30 pass plays

LE Vaughn Martin: Did not record a pressure on 19 pass rush snaps, no tackles

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