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September 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Seahawks vs. Chargers: Where they fall in national media’s NFL power rankings

Here’s an update on the NFL power rankings by national media and major newspapers and websites for Week 2.

Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times has the Seahawks No. 1, as do all but one ranking I found Sunday morning. He ranks the San Diego Chargers, the Seahawks’ opponent Sunday, No. 15.

San Diego is in the middle of the pack in most rankings. They were rated as high as No. 14 and as low as No. 22.

Here is a roundup of the weekly rankings, with comments on the Chargers and Seahawks.

SI.COM

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 18

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Bengals.

Seahawks comment: The Chargers can’t feel great about giving up the lead with just over two minutes remaining, and Keenan Allen will have nightmares about his dropped pass (which was deflected) on fourth down that could have kept the game alive. Nonetheless, San Diego’s defense flashed, the pass rush looked strong and rookie Jeremiah Attaochu impressed. Philip Rivers had a renaissance in 2013 but matched up against Arizona’s strong defense, he was frustrated for much of the night. Regardless, Antonio Gates still looks just like Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd caught a touchdown pass and Keenan Allen had his chances. They’ll head home to prep for the Seahawks.

Chargers comment: The run game fell just shy of 2,000 yards last season (1,965), good enough for a No. 13 ranking. After one week the Chargers sit 31st in that category, despite what appeared to be a workable matchup with Arizona. Take out a 20-yard Ryan Mathews carry and he, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown combined for 23 yards on 19 rushing attempts.

ESPN.COM

Seahawks: No. 1.

Chargers: No. 16

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Bengals.

Seahawks comment: The dreaded Super Bowl hangover skipped Seattle. That defense looked as fearsome as ever, holding Aaron Rodgers to 189 passing yards and a 47.9 QBR after unveiling the team’s Super Bowl banner.

Chargers comment: Keenan Allen (five catches for 37 yards) isn’t going to surprise anybody after a breakout rookie year. He saw a lot of Patrick Peterson on Monday night.

CBSSPORTS.COM

Seahawks: No. 2

Chargers: No. 14

High five: 1, Broncos; 2, Seahawks; 3, Bengals; 4, 49ers; 5, Falcons.

Seahawks comment: They showed last week against the Packers that they won’t go down without a fight in their quest to repeat. That defense is special — again.

Chargers comment: They have to bounce back from a tough loss to Arizona to face the Seattle Seahawks this week. That’s a tough task on a short week.

NFL.COM

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 14

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Bengals.

Seahawks comment: 1) The Seahawks have the best chance to repeat since the Patriots following the 2003 and ’04 seasons.
2) The gulf between reality and fantasy — where all those pre-draft rankers were worried about Christine Michael and Bob Turbin eating into Marshawn Lynch‘s production — remains large.

Chargers comment:  With the Bolts up 17-6 in the fourth quarter in Arizona, 1-0 was there to be had. Then we experienced misplays by Philip Rivers. … And drops from the receivers, including Keenan Allen at the end. … And a backup center not snapping the football punctually, forcing San Diego to call a timeout.

So many little football things deep-sixed the Chargers, and now they are a game back of those mighty Broncos in the AFC West.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 16

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Bengals; 5, Eagles.

FOX SPORTS

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 17

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Bengals.

Seahawks comment:All three units opened the season playing like it was an extension of the fourth quarter at the Super Bowl. The defense is starting to get thin at cornerback, but the offense looks poised to take a step forward as offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell reunites with Percy Harvin (the two spent time together in Minnesota).

Chargers comment: Phillip Rivers wasn’t as consistent while the interior offensive line showed real issues in pass protection. Past problems in the secondary resurfaced as defensive backs gave up several chunk yardage plays and over 300 yards through the air. The offense will have to score more than 17 points for the Chargers to win games.

WASHINGTON POST

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 19

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Bengals; 5, Eagles

Seahawks comment: They picked up right where they’d left off in the Super Bowl and dominated a very good team, Green Bay, in Thursday night’s NFL season opener.

Chargers comment: They couldn’t apply the finishing touches to what easily could have been a nice win in Arizona, squandering a fourth-quarter lead. Philip Rivers didn’t have his best game and his receivers could have done more to help him out.

NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 16

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Cardinals; 5, Bengals.

Seahawks comment: Russell Wilson and Super Bowl champs pick up where right where they left off.

Chargers comment: Phillip Rivers and center must practice exchange this week.

NEWSDAY

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 16

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Packers; 5, Saints.

Seahawks comment: No complacency for the defending champs, who pick up right where they left off with a dominating performance on both sides of the ball against the Packers.

Chargers comment: Chargers loaded up on defense in the draft and free agency, but it didn’t show in fourth-quarter collapse in Arizona.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 14

High five: 1. Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Patriots.

Seahawks comment: If you needed a statement on their resolve to repeat as champions, it was delivered at the Packers’ expense.

Chargers comment: They led by 11 points after three quarters but failed to put away game at Arizona because running game was inept.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 20

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Bengals; 5, Eagles.

Seahawks comment: If the Seahawks are anywhere near as dominant on the road as they have been at home, they’ll run away with home-field advantage in the NFC.

Chargers comment: There’s no shame in a one-point loss at Arizona, but the Chargers are looking at an 0-2 hole because the Super Bowl champions are up next.

DETROIT NEWS

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 22

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, 49ers; 3, Broncos; 4, Falcons; 5, Lions.

Seahawks comment: The Seahawks notched the best win of the opening week, stifling the Packers’ offense, 26-16, and cemented their spot as the team to beat.

Chargers comment: With a comfortable lead, they had a key turnover and relinquished the lead with less than three minutes left in a tough road loss.

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 16

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Saints; 5, Bentals.

Seahawks comment: With the league’s premier defense augmented by an efficient offense, the Seahawks are a strong choice to earn the Vince Lombardi Trophy again.

Chargers comment:

The San Diego Chargers choked away an opening-week win against the Arizona Cardinals. That will sting even more if Philip Rivers and company lose in Week 2 against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.

SB NATION

Seahawks: No. 1

Chargers: No. 15

High five: 1, Seahawks; 2, Broncos; 3, 49ers; 4, Eagles; 5, Packers.

Seahawks comment: Seattle shrugged off concerns about a Super Bowl hangover and put together a convincing win against a Green Bay team that’s been talked about as a potential contender to emerge from the NFC this year. The Seahawks mixed a strong rushing attack with an efficient pass game and a suffocating pass defense to handle their business. They stuck to their winning formula, and stick here at the top of the rankings.

Chargers comment: The Chargers can’t feel great about giving up the lead with just over two minutes remaining, and Keenan Allen will have nightmares about his dropped pass (which was deflected) on fourth down that could have kept the game alive. Nonetheless, San Diego’s defense flashed, the pass rush looked strong and rookie Jeremiah Attaochu impressed. Philip Rivers had a renaissance in 2013 but matched up against Arizona’s strong defense, he was frustrated for much of the night. Regardless, Antonio Gates still looks just like Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd caught a touchdown pass and Keenan Allen had his chances. They’ll head home to prep for the Seahawks.

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