San Diego Chargers: 2013 Week 5 NFL Power Rankings (#19)

Last week: 26 (+7)

Record: 2-2

The job Head Coach Mike McCoy has done with the offense in his first season with the team is amazing. Despite a largely replacement level supporting cast around a declining Philip Rivers, McCoy has the Chargers moving the ball at an incredible rate, moving the chains on 82% of opportunities, only behind Denver and Indianapolis. The resurgence of Philip Rivers has a ton to do with it. Rivers looks like his pre-2011 self, completing 73.9% of his passes for an average of 8.4 YPA, 11 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, despite a lack of talent around him (they didn’t have a single offensive player on my top-200 players list in August). The problem is the defensive side of the ball, which has almost as little talent. They are allowing opponents to move the chains 84% of the time. Only Philadelphia is worse. Still, they are no pushover because of their ability to put points on the board and sustain drives.

Week 4 Studs

QB Philip Rivers

RB Ryan Mathews

LG Johnnie Troutman

RT DJ Fluker

C Nick Hardwick

Week 4 Duds

MLB Donald Butler

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