Power Rankings: No. 26 San Diego

A weekly examination of the Chargers’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 23 | Last Week: 24 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

A slip of two spots in the Power Rankings are the least of the San Diego Chargers’ problems.

This may have been the most disappointing outcome of Week 1. The Chargers were fantastic for most of their 31-28 home loss to Houston on Monday night. The Chargers led 28-7 in the third quarter. Then the Chargers did what they do -- they fell apart. It was the Norv Tuner Chargers all over again in Mike McCoy’s debut.

It was a punishing defeat. The truth is, the Chargers looked much better than the 26th-ranked team Monday night. But the truth is, they blew another one, and that’s all the voters have to work with.