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Silver-Lining: All-Pros Are Back

TE Antonio Gates (Nick Laham/Getty)

There's not a lot to cheer about in Bolts-ville. The offense is turning the ball over late in games; the defense is bending and breaking; and the special teams have been anything but. Nonetheless, there is a silver-lining: The two players talented enough to salvage the season finally appear up to the task.

Philip Rivers has been the Chargers' offensive MVP through the first half of the season, but the players who strike fear in the hearts of opposing defensive coordinators are LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates. During Sunday's contest against the New Orleans Saints, Tomlinson and Gates finally looked ready to lead this team to the Promised Land. The timing couldn't be better for the Chargers...

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