SAN DIEGO -- A weekly examination of the Chargers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 23 | Last Week: 12 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Idle for Week 7, the San Diego Chargers moved up another spot to No. 11 in this week's Power Rankings, the highest the team has been this season.
But the real question is, will San Diego remain in the top 15 in four weeks? The Chargers play three of their next four games on the road, facing opponents with a combined 20-10 record.
The first test in that tough stretch is a road contest at Washington, traveling across the country to the East Coast to face a team that is more talented than a 2-5 record indicates. The Chargers will need a game plan defensively to deal with the running ability of quarterback Robert Griffin III, along with the bruising running style of Alfred Morris.
Plus, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers understands that Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett likes to show a lot of different looks and bring pressure in his 3-4 defensive front.