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I realize this bold prediction is already seemingly impossible to many of you, considering Ryan Mathews broke his collarbone in the preseason opener and Vincent Brown broke his ankle.
However, the Chargers have always been plagued by injuries, most notably by Antonio Gates.
If Gates, Malcom Floyd and Ryan Mathews (expected to play Week 1) can stay healthy throughout the entire season, the Chargers offense will be the best in the AFC West and could regain dominance in the division.
When Gates is healthy, he is one of the premier tight ends—no longer capable of putting up numbers like Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski, but still one of the league's best. Gates is Philip Rivers' most reliable target, and Rivers loves throwing him the red-zone jump ball.
Floyd, on the other hand, has yet to record a 1,000-yard receiving season. However, this isn't because he's a low-tier receiver. According to the U-T San Diego:
In the past 16 games in which Floyd played more than 35 snaps, he caught 63 passes for 1,211 yards and nine touchdowns. Among all qualified wide receivers with at least 50 games played since 2008, Floyd leads the NFL with 18.5 yards per catch.
Hopefully Vincent Brown only misses five games and can return to have a huge impact. Even on the field he will draw coverage away from the other receivers. Depending on the extent of his ankle injury, he could still be in line for the breakout season many expected from him.