Are the Chargers Finally a Top 5 Team?

Cade McAfee, writer

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The LA Chargers have not been the worst team in the NFL, but it has been years since they have been a top five team in the league. Since 2009, the Chargers have only had 1 playoff appearance and have not won their division. The Chargers have been in the top 5 in the power rankings for several weeks this year, but people are still wondering if they are actually legit this year. This could definitely be the year the Chargers make it to the playoffs with a 9-3 record and with a good chance to advance.

The LA Chargers have great pieces on both side of the ball and good coaching. Last year in January, the Chargers hired Anthony Lynn as their head coach and he has a record of 17-11. The Chargers have a top 5 offense this year that is very hard to stop. At the running back position, Melvin Gordon is in the top 5 for yards from scrimmage per game and having his best year yet. Austin Ekeler is the second running back and is used for his speed and change of pace and style from Melvin Gordon. The Chargers also just might have one of the top receiving cores in the league lead by Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen. Allen is a quick slot or wide out receiver that is Phillip Rivers number one target. Another receiver on this lineup is one of the fastest receivers in the league, Travis Benjamin. Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams are two big targets both over 6’3″ and are two emerging stars. Phillip Rivers is having one of the best seasons of his career and is one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Against the Cardinals, he he went 28/29 and had a record breaking completion percentage of 97% . The Chargers offensive is a dynamic, high-scoring offense that can hang with any team.

The Chargers have a top 5 defense in the league with many rising stars. On the defensive line, the Chargers have two Pro Bowl edge rushers in the league with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. The Chargers best corner back, Casey Hayward, has been to two Pro Bowls and is normally matched up on the opposing teams best receiver. This defense also has the front runner for Rookie of the Year, Derwin James. Drafted last year from Florida State, he has made his presence felt on this team.

After beating a good Pittsburgh Steelers team and now only being one game behind the Chiefs, the Chargers are looking to make a serious playoff run for the first time in years.

 

 

 

 

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I am Cade McAfee. I go to Benjamin Franklin High School and strive to follow the Charger Way everyday. I stay fit by playing sports and doing weights,...

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