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The Chargers look to take back control of the AFC West after they were stopped by the Chiefs in 2010 for their quest for their fifth straight AFC title. A 2-5 start did not help the team as a comeback wasn’t enough to win the division or a wild card spot as they finished 9-7. The Chargers did not stay quite in the offseason as they made some moves in the offseason.

The top ranked offense in 2010 said goodbye to Darren Sproles (looked really good for the Saints). Although, they didn’t make many moves offensively, the Chargers have WR Vincent Jackson for a full year (held out the 1st 10 games in 10’) and Ryan Matthews healthy (missing 4 games). You also can’t forget underrated WR Malcolm Floyd, and the best tight end in the NFL in Antonio Gates to give Philip Rivers another shot to prove he may be the best quarterback in the game. Mike Tolbert always adds depth at the running back position after he rushed for 735 yards (4.0 avg) and 11 touchdowns.

The top ranked defense in 2010 decided to try to add depth to a team that already includes a defense with Luis Castillo, Shaun Phillips and Quentin Jammer. The Chargers added Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders, veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes, and used four of their first five draft pick (all in the first three rounds) to address the defensive side of the ball. They drafted end Corey Liuget in round 1 (18 overall), CB Marcus Gilchrist in round 2, LB Jonas Mouton in round 3 (pick from Cromartie trade), and CB Shareerce Wright in Round 3. Also worth noting is new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky who left to take the Carolina head coaching job.

X-Factor: Bob Sanders – Yes, Bob Sanders can have a huge impact if healthy. The key word there is IF. What safety will the Chargers get? The Pro Bowl safety or the most recent Sanders who is injury riddled. If Sanders can stay healthy, the Chargers might have the steal of the off season.

How They’ll Finish: The Chargers will be on top of the AFC West again. Their offense is too good and Philip Rivers will be up MVP like numbers on their way to an 10-6 finish.

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