PFW's 2017 Preview: Los Angeles Chargers

If they stay healthy and develop a killer instinct, talented Chargers could surprise in return to L.A.

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The 2017 Pro Football Weekly Season Preview magazine is on newsstands now and available online at In the magazine are the most comprehensive team previews that you’ll find anywhere, written by NFL writers around the country. Here’s a glimpse of our 2017 preview of the Los Angeles Chargers — team MVPs, position battles to watch and best- and worst-case scenarios, written by Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush). (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Offensive MVP: QB Philip Rivers — They don't come any tougher or more competitive than Rivers. With his patented shot-put release, rare durability, pre-snap diagnostic skills and razor-sharp accuracy, he has carved out a niche as one of the game's more productive, and perhaps underrated, passers. With improvements expected up front from earnest draft investments, the healthy return of Keenan Allen and insertion of top pick Mike Williams, Rivers could be poised to again flourish in a potent, high-percentage, shotgun-heavy spread attack. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Defensive MVP: DE Joey Bosa — Despite a lengthy contract holdout and hamstring injury that cost him the first month, Bosa tied for the NFL lead with 17 tackles for loss, plus a team-high 10.5 sacks and 21 QB hits. Now, he'll return to the familiar 4-3 end post he starred in at Ohio State. Bosa's blend of length, strength, speed and relentlessness already places him amongst the NFL's most destructive linemen. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Position battle to watch: Interior OL — Matt Slauson, a 16-game starter at the pivot in 2016, spent the offseason working at left guard. That means athletic third-rounder Dan Feeney is the favorite to replace him, although he'll likely compete with 2016 third-rounder and rookie redshirt Max Tuerk and fellow second-year player, Spencer Pulley. At right guard, it'll likely be Forrest Lamp, a dominant FBS left tackle, starting from Week 1 — assuming he holds off Kenny Wiggins (9 career starts). (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Best-case scenario: Injury woes and late-game meltdowns are left behind on the maiden voyage to L.A. Anthony Lynn helps Melvin Gordon to the top tier of NFL backs, and Philip Rivers rebounds with a more dependable support cast. Bosa and Ingram wreaking havoc up front, and a healthy Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward give Gus Bradley a top-five defense. In another division, they're worst to first; in the AFC West, they're a wild card. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Worst-case scenario: Juggling relocation and the rookie learning curve overwhelms Lynn. Rivers' regression continues, and his perennially disappointing offensive line falters despite fresh blood. The defense, again overtaxed by its mistake-prone offense, struggles to gel. The Chargers miss the postseason for the seventh time in eight seasons, handing Round One of the battle for Tinseltown fans to the rejuvenated Rams. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

PFW prediction: 7-9, 4th place in AFC West (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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