NFL Power Rankings: Number 19, Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers are one of the more talented teams on paper, but they have to stay healthy. Their quarterback, Justin Herbert, won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2020, but he’ll be behind a line that looks completely different outside of the return of one starter, Bryan Bulaga.
This team won’t win the AFC West. The division still belongs to the Kansas City Chiefs, but if the L.A. stays healthy and has a few things break their way, this could become a playoff team by the end of the regular season.
NFL Power Rankings: Number 18, Miami Dolphins
Year two of the Tua Tagovailoa era is underway. He had that bad-looking interception versus the Bears in Week 1 of the preseason, but he’s the guy. That we know. The Miami Dolphins are finally past whatever that mini-crisis was with Xavien Howard. He’s restructured his deal. He should be happy.
Now, a team fully united, one that’s led by one of the NFL’s good young coaches, is off and running towards the regular season with a full head of steam. They’ve always been gifted on offense. The question is whether or not this team can do enough on offense to make a serious run at the postseason. They’re off to a good start with the addition of Jaylen Waddle.