NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Focus on the San Diego Chargers

Rob Belote@GuysNationSenior Analyst IDecember 30, 2010

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26:  Ryan Matthews #24 of the San Diego Chargers runs for a touchdown during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Bengals won 34-20. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Doing power rankings is tough, but because of the limited number of games on an NFL schedule, it's one of the only ways to get an idea for which teams are better than others, accounting for factors other than just their records. 

At my site—www.GuysNation.com—I do a weekly power ranking of all 32 NFL teams.  It's a hugely subjective process in which I account for a team's strength of schedule, margin of victory, good wins and bad losses.

Where do the San Diego Chargers rank?

They took a big hit in Week 16 with one of the worst losses I've ever seen.  I'm not talking about the margin of victory by which the Bengals beat the Chargers.  I'm talking about the fact that the Chargers had playoff aspirations and allowed themselves to lose to one of the worst teams in the NFL.

Still, I don't rank teams with the theory that you can take the spot of a team you defeat.  I don't base rankings solely on the latest game, or even the latest few.  I take the full season's worth of outcomes into account, meaning that the handful of lopsided wins the Chargers racked up weigh in their favor. 

Because I don't only take into account a team's record, I'm perfectly capable of ranking an eight-win team ahead of a nine-win team, and that did happen in the Week 17 rankings.

Were the Chargers the team who got the honor?  How many nine-win teams might they have been ranked ahead of?

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For the complete rankings and analysis, check out the article on my website, www.GuysNation.com! Unlike Power Rankings you see elsewhere, your comments could help persuade me to rank your team better after Week 17!

You also will probably enjoy voicing your opinion through voting in nearly a dozen polls set up to help get people's feedback on the Power Rankings!

You also might like the dueling NFL Week 17 picks article on GuysNation.com, a new(ish) feature where the games on a given week's NFL schedule are debated between myself and another author on my site (who just happens to be a LIFELONG PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FAN, so you KNOW he's got a high opinion of his opinion!).


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