“Chargers NFL Schedule–Brutal”-0-
The NFL schedule is out, and to quote the old line in the movie ‘Animal House’ during pledge week…the Chargers may have to grit their teeth and say ‘Thank You sir may I have another’.
This is awful. This is hopeless. This is brutal.
You may have a bright young quarterback in Justin Herbert, but the Bolts will have a rookie left tackle…and at least four new starters upfront of Herbert.
They may have the youngest defense in the NFL, aside from pass rusher Joey Bosa and oft-injured safety Derwin James.
The Bolts open in Washington on September 12th against Ron Rivera’s WFT-a team that will have a new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and a very rugged defense, in Rivera fashion.
Look at weeks two-thru-seven. The season will be over before they get into November.
Week 2-Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys, in a So-Fi Stadium overrun by Cowboys fans.
Week 3-Patrick Mahomes-the Chiefs-Andy Reid at Arrowhead Stadium. Alot of bad history in that yard over the years.
Week 4-a Monday Night Football game with Jon Gruden and the Raiders. Think there will be a few people wearing Silver & Black in the Chargers stadium? Some message for the fans across America to see about how LA feels about the Spanos owned team.
Week 5-same old story. Cleveland comes in. Marquee popular team coming to LA to face the Bolts, and the stadium swamped by people wearing Brown-Orange and dog collars. And yes, Baker Mayfield, the running backs, the receivers, Myles Garrett and that Dog Pound defense.
Week 6-at Baltimore. Lamar Jackson and all the things John Harbaugh ramps up for his perennially tough Ravens.
Week 7-New England…Justin Herbert meet Bill Belichick. Who knows if Cam Newton will be starting or the rookie Mac Jones, but we know the Pats will be different after signing 12-free agents, and spending the most money of anyone in the NFL off season.
The second half of the season features Black & Gold clad Steelers fans making the trip to LA to face the Chargers.
Kansas City comes in late in December, as do the Vikings in October.
3-road games late, at Denver, at Cincinnati with Joe Burrow, and the season finale in Las Vegas with the Raiders.
It’s a great home schedule, if you had a good team. It’s going to be an impossible early schedule to play considering what John Spanos and Tom Telesco did in the offseason.
So you do have Justin Herbert, but you let go 14-veteran players that almost dragged your team to the playoffs. Goodbye star tight end, goodbye 5-offensive lineman. Exit Casey Hayward-Melvin Ingram-Denzel Perryman among others.
The Chargers signed only 7-free agents, fixing the offensive line, they hope, but doing little else, unless you think Jared Cook is an upgrade over Hunter Henry.
So you scope it out. New coaching staff. Very young team around a second year quarterback. And a brutal meatgrinder schedule in September and October.
Can’t see anything better than (1-6) out of the gate and playoff hopes will be gone by the time the calendar turns to November. Your view?
Sun., Sept. 12
at Washington Football Team
Sun., Sept. 19
Sun., Sept. 26
at Kansas City Chiefs
Mon., Oct. 4
Las Vegas Raiders
Sun., Oct. 10
Sun., Oct. 17
at Baltimore Ravens
Sun., Oct. 24
Sun., Oct. 31
New England Patriots
Sun., Nov. 7
at Philadelphia Eagles
Sun., Nov. 14
Sun., Nov. 21
Sun., Nov. 28
at Denver Broncos
Sun., Dec. 5
at Cincinnati Bengals
Sun., Dec. 12
New York Giants
Thurs., Dec. 16
Kansas City Chiefs
Sun., Dec. 26
at Houston Texans
Sun., Jan. 2
Sun., Jan. 9
at Las Vegas Raiders