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Bolts Skyrocketing Up the Power Rankings

Perhaps no team has garnered national attention in recent days like the Los Angeles Chargers.

After going 5-2 over the past seven games, including back-to-back convincing victories over the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys, the Bolts have become a trendy pick by many to do damage late in the season.

It's important to note that Head Coach Anthony Lynn has maintained his team still has a long way to go, stressing they are the hunters and not yet the hunted. Still, the team has skyrocketed up the power rankings for a reason.

Here's a closer look at what some in the media have had to say:

ESPN: Ranking -  10th

"The Chargers are tied for the second-best turnover differential this season, but no team has been better since their 0-4 start. Since the start of Week 5, the Chargers have committed a league-low five turnovers while forcing a league-best 17 turnovers."

NFL Network: Ranking -  10th

"Happy for Philip Rivers, man. That dude has always been a baller, even when he hasn't been playing his best ball. He gives wicked savage looks, too. (I've noticed "savage" has become the new savage word to use. So lit.) Much respect to the defense, as well, which imposed its will against the Cowboys on Turkey Day. The pass rush, which has been the usual instigator, was not dominant -- this time, the secondary held the fort, made its stops and produced turnovers. The Chargers need nine wins to reach the postseason. The remaining slate: Browns, Redskins, at Chiefs, at Jets, Raiders. They can get to nine wins."

Sports Illustrated: Ranking -  11th

"This is the way it was always supposed to be. The Chargers have the quarterback and the edge rushers, which are the two things atop every team's wishlist (and then they have solid weapons with Keenan Allen healthy again, and a good group of corners). In true Chargers fashion, they're 1-4 in games decided by three points or less this season, so the past two weeks they decided to do the only logical thing and blow teams out (a 30-point win over Buffalo, a 22-point win at Dallas)."

USA Today: Ranking -  11th

"Not only does Keenan Allen have 331 receiving yards over past two weeks, he's snagged 23 of 27 targets. Safe to say he's all the way back."

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