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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Chargers

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Los Angeles Chargers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Chargers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

I'm having a hard time containing my excitement for Justin Herbert through three games. He threw for 290 yards and averaged 11.6 YPA against a very good Bucs defense. And there's nothing misleading about the stat line. Herbert was throwing bombs to guys like Jalen Guyton, Tyron Johnson and Donald Parham Jr. He gives his receivers chances. He's aggressive downfield. And he can burn the blitz. Herbert was 6-for-7 for 126 yards (two sacks) when Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles rushed five or more. The Chargers botched a handoff from their own 9 with under a minute left in the first half, and that turnover completely changed the game. But if you're a Chargers fan, the experience of watching Herbert every week has to have you smiling.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

They have a tough decision: Stay with Justin Herbert or go back to Tyrod Taylor. I would play the kid.

USA Today -- Rank: 21

All 31 of their points at Tampa Bay came courtesy of undrafted free agents. Pretty remarkable ... and necessary with RB Austin Ekeler (also undrafted) and WR Mike Williams shelved.

ESPN -- Rank: 19

FPI chance to make playoffs: 5.6%

This figure could be right, but as rookie quarterback Justin Herbert continues to impress and grow within the system, the Chargers very well could go on a late winning streak and squeak in. But having RB Austin Ekeler likely out with a hamstring/knee injury means that rookie Joshua Kelley needs to hang on to the ball after key fumbles in the past two games. The defense needs to get better at forcing turnovers. The Chargers have been so close -- all three losses were within one score -- and they need to figure out how to bust through. -- Shelley Smith

NFL.com -- Rank: 18

There was bad news on Sunday, like Austin Ekeler's injury, the defense's struggles to stop Tom Brady and a Joshua Kelley fumble that changed the game. But it's important to have a big-picture view when a rookie quarterback is playing, and from that standpoint, the Chargers should feel elated right now. Justin Herbert was excellent against a strong Bucs defense, leading the team on four touchdown drives and hitting on a pair of deep-ball strikes that showed off his big arm and pocket toughness. He's a nimble player for his size, too, buying extra seconds to make a play. Yes, his fourth-quarter interception helped seal L.A.'s fate, and blowing 24-7 leads is never an easy pill to swallow for any team, but Herbert has been a revelation through three weeks.

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