2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Rams make major jump after crushing Colts

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23. Los Angeles Chargers (23) (Play Monday Night)

The argument can be made that no team has been a bigger victim of the injury bug over the last two seasons than the Los Angeles Chargers, and even though they failed to catch a break early on with some of their rookies, this team could still be a surprise in the AFC. As crazy as it sounds, Philip Rivers being healthy is going to be one of the keys behind the Chargers success when it comes to competing in the AFC West.

Throughout his career, Rivers has always been one of the most competitive quarterbacks in the league, and the veteran has the perfect opportunity to make an early statement in the division with an opening matchup against the Denver Broncos. Even if the Broncos’ defense is expected to be one of the best in the league, one of the best things about these division games each year means Rivers has gotten to know his rivals pretty well over the years.

As for the defensive side of the football, if last year and the preseason is any indication of what to expect from Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, the duo could be for a big year leading the way for Los Angeles. With all of the potential surrounding the offenses within the division, the Chargers realize their defense will need to be on top of their game just for a chance to compete, but at least Bosa and Ingram look ready.