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SD won't miss Jackson

San Diego will be without star receiver Vincent Jackson for the first three games due to his suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. ... It should not make any difference for the loaded Bolts. San Diego will enter 2010 as the favorite to win home-field advantage in the AFC. The Chargers play in the weakest division in the AFC and have a favorable schedule crossover this year - with the NFC West, which is the weakest division in the NFC. San Diego's schedule is ranked 29th in the NFL based on last year's records (which admittedly is only a very rough estimate of the difficulty).

San Diego's first three games are: at Kansas City, home vs. Jacksonville and at Seattle. They will be favored in all three. In fact, San Diego has a fair chance to be 6-0. The next three are home vs. Arizona (a good team that is minus Kurt Warner), at Oakland and at St. Louis. In Week 7 the Bolts play host to New England. The Chargers have won four straight AFC West titles. Count on it being five this year.

---Mark Gaughan

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