26. L.A. Chargers (+0)
This was sort of an ugly game by both teams, but it was a great reminder of why the Chargers are ahead of schedule, but they shouldn’t be very high in anyone’s power rankings.
Austin Ekeler provided a spark for the offense (not that they needed one) and the trio of Justin Herbert, Keenan Allen, and Ekeler should be what this team is built around along with complimentary pieces like Mike Williams and Hunter Henry.
However, the offensive line needs to be upgraded and it was hard to find impact players on defense outside of Joey Bosa whose stat line reads like a create-a-player in Madden (3 sacks, 6 TFLs).
They need a lot of pieces, but the most important ones are in place.
25. Dallas Cowboys (-2)
I think we have a pretty good handle on the Cowboys at this point.
When they are hot and running the ball well, they have the talent to put up a lot of points regardless of who is at quarterback. However, the problem is that their offensive linemen are now entering 4th string territory and that just isn’t good enough to win NFL games with your franchise quarterback out for the season.