Having one just once in their last ten trips to Denver, and 0-4 at Invesco, the Bolts will need to turn the key early on and go full tilt on the gas pedal.
It is sure easier with their Pro Bowl tight end in the passenger seat.
"Teams are going to have to play us more honest," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "We should not only be able to do a lot more in the running game but in the passing game."
"He is great just because of the matchups he creates," quarterback Drew Brees said in agreement. "He is able to get open in a lot of different ways. People have to worry about him and it opens up things for other guys. Talk about a guy who not only when he gets the ball he makes an impact."
With Dallas given a direct peek into the run playbook when offensive lineman Kris Dielman reported eligible, they could focus all their energy on stopping Tomlinson.
Substitute Gates for Dielman and the base offense suddenly has more twists and turns than the Audubon.
Gates admits, "Game shape is always remain to be seen," but if his work ethic in the past is any indication, going from undrafted to star in the short span of a year, their starting tight end will be a handful for Denver.
"I am looking forward to playing Sunday," said Gates. "I am focusing on the little things in practice because that carries over to the game."
Gates was sad to see Brewster go, responding well to his constant yelling and turning that into one stellar performance after another.
Gates is a mature third year player. He knows the pace at which to practice and will be asked to do a lot this weekend. The players look at him as a sort of messiah, understanding how much he brings to the offense.
"He is a big part of our offense," said Brees. "He will step in and be just fine. He was starting to look like the old Gatesey (in practice)."
Hopefully that practice routine turns into results when Sunday rolls around. The Chargers can ill-afford to lose a divisional game and fall to 0-2 on the year.