“Be the Best-Beat the Best…Early”
The Chargers will either be in the playoff hunt on their way to post season, or they will be dead in the water by November 1st.
That’s what the NFL schedule says. A very rugged early season slate, for a team that has enormous offensive line questions, and will have alot of new faces on their starting defensive unit.
The Chargers play 5-of their first 8-games on the road, and everyone one of those road trips will be hard, very hard, might even be a loss. There is just 1-Thursday night game, and no Sunday night national telecasts nor any games on Monday Night Football. When you go (4-12), when you have 1-playoff win in 7-years, the shine comes off your franchise.
It all starts at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, where the Chiefs, who play maybe the most brutal schedule in the league, will need to get a bunch of wins early, because they may not get many late.
Game two of the Bolts schedule has the Chargers home with pass happy Blake Bortels and Jacksonville, so this rebuilt defense will have its hands full.
Then on back-to-back weekends, they face Drew Brees and the Saints here, and Andrew Luck and the Colts there. Can you smell burning rubber, a torched secondary?
And if that was not enough, week 5-takes them up to Oakland where Derek Carr, the Raiders young gun awaits.
That’s followed by Matt Ryan and the Falcons at the Georgia Dome, and then the Broncos, Super Bowl ring, and that defense to round out the mid-way point of the schedule thru week eight.
The second half lightens up, though there is a trip to Carolina to play Cam Newton, but 5-of the final 8-games are at home, if they need to put a win streak together.
Denver will have a new quarterback, and opens with Cam-and-Carolina at home. But then faces the Colts-Luck, Andy Dalton at Cincinnati, plus matchups with Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan and the kid Jameis Winston.
The fast developing Raiders open at New Orleans against Drew Brees, face Ryan and Atlanta in week two, then back to back road games against lowly Tennessee and Baltimore, before the face Rivers and friends. So Carr and Company could have a quick start.
Kansas City is going to bleed a bit. The home opener is the Chargers, followed by a road game at Houston, then a home game with the Jets. After that, the Chiefs venture to Pittsburgh, and to Oakland, home with the Saints, then at the Colts. But that’s not all. The second half of the season they have roadies at Carolina, at Denver, at Atlanta. And if that’s not enough, they finish back to back with the Broncos and Chargers.
It’s going to be hard San Diego. Denver is so good. It’s going to be brutal in Kansas City. And the Raiders seem to have the best schedule of all.
Be the best, you better beat the best, and the Chargers appear to have their hands full doing that, with this roster and the way September and October gets laid out infront of them with the NFL schedule..