Raiders affect Chargers' Power Ranking

September, 6, 2011
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Our Power Rankings to open the regular season were released Tuesday.

The San Diego Chargers (the highest-ranked team in the AFC West) are ranked 10th. That ranking caught the eye of Chris Sprow in an ESPN Insider piece. Sprow thinks the ranking is way too low. Sprow gives his reasoning why the Chargers -- who underachieved at 9-7 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005 -- should be ranked No. 4.

A major reason the Chargers were ranked lower than where Sprow thinks they belong is one of the five voters, NFL columnist Ashley Fox, ranked them 19th. Fox ranked the Raiders as the highest AFC West team at No. 15. Oakland is ranked No. 22 in the Power Rankings.

Fox explained why she chose San Diego so low. It's Oakland-related: “I know I am in the minority here, but I think the Raiders are going to surprise people this year. I like the energy Hue Jackson brings. Darren McFadden took a huge leap last year. Jason Campbell is more comfortable now. The Raiders undoubtedly will miss Nnamdi Asomugha, but there is young talent across the defense. The Chargers had the No. 1 offense and defense last year, and still only finished 9-7 [and got swept by Oakland].”

I’m sure you can’t wait to react in the comments section below. Let the fun begin.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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