A weekly examination of the Chargers’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason ranking: 23 | Last Week: 11 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
With a disappointing loss at Washington, the San Diego Chargers dropped four spots to No. 15 in this week’s ranking. The Chargers (4-4) are now 2-3 on the road this season, with five of their last eight remaining games at Qualcomm Stadium.
Even though San Diego is just a half-game behind the New York Jets for the final AFC wild-card playoff spot, the Chargers have perhaps the toughest road of any fringe playoff team in earning a postseason berth. The Chargers’ remaining opponents have a combined record of 31-19.
Defensively, the Chargers have to regroup after giving up 500 total yards and four rushing touchdowns in an overtime loss to Washington. Defensive coordinator John Pagano is tasked with devising a scheme to slow down Peyton Manning and Denver’s high-powered offense. The Chargers are 0-2 against Manning since he arrived in Denver last season.