Updated Oct. 7
Let's play a game, something similar to what you used to play in those Highlights magazines at the doctor's office when you were a kid, and you searched for hidden things in a puzzle.
Only we'll call this one Find the Hidden Team in our CBSSports.com Power Rankings. That team is the San Diego Chargers.
Normally, you'd start at the top. We expect that when you're talking about a preseason Super Bowl favorite.
Don't look there. You won't find them.
How about the middle? Nope. The bottom? Can it be?
They're not quite to the bottom, but the Chargers are ranked 23rd here right now. That's what a 2-3 start will do.
So what's wrong? Well, what isn't?
Nagging injuries to running back LaDainian Tomlinson and tight end Antonio Gates are hurting the offense, even though Philip Rivers' great play has San Diego third in the league in scoring at 29.6 points a game.
It's the defense, though, that is killing the Chargers.
After five games, the Chargers are ranked 27th in scoring defense, giving up 25.8 points per game. The Chargers have given up 129 points in five games. They gave up 284 points in 16 games in 2007 for a 17.8 average.
It is a defense that is playing without Shawne Merriman, the team's best pass rusher the past three seasons, but the descent shouldn't be this sudden without him.
Can the Chargers turn it around?
Yes: They are too good not to
No: The problems will continue
Total Votes: 34,967
Defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell has to get things turned around quickly. The Chargers play the New England Patriots on Sunday night in a must-have game, then travel to Buffalo before playing the New Orleans Saints in London the week after that. Both the Bills and the Saints average more than 25 points per game.
If the Chargers lose two of the next three games, they will be in big trouble heading into the second half.
If that happens, at least it won't be hard to find them here. They'll be down there with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams, the bottom feeders of the league.
The Power Rankings after Week 5: