The NFL has released its 2017 regular-season schedule. Here’s a look at what’s in store for the Los Angeles Chargers, who return to L.A. where the franchise began in 1960 and lost to the Houston Oilers in the AFL Championship Game.
Breakdown: What a difference a year makes. The Chargers had just one nationally televised game a year ago. But now the team has relocated to Los Angeles, the Chargers have three prime-time games, including a Monday Night Football opener on the road against the Denver Broncos and a Thursday night, Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Following the Monday night game on the road at Denver, the Chargers play the first NFL game at the StubHub Center in their home opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 17. Based on last year’s records, the Chargers have the third-hardest schedule in the NFL, facing opponents with a .568 winning percentage.
Road warriors: The Chargers’ road schedule includes two trips to the Big Apple, a trek to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts -- where they will face the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots -- and the fourth trip in seven years to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chargers need to do much better away from home than last season, when they finished with a 2-6 record on the road. According to ESPN Stats & Statistics, the Chargers will travel 13434 miles in 2017, fifth-most in the NFL. Based on last year’s records, the Chargers have the hardest road schedule in the league, facing opponents with a winning percentage of .618 from last season. The toughest stretch for the Chargers is Weeks 5-10, where the franchise plays four of five games on the road. However, the Chargers do have a bye in Week 9.
Lynn faces the Bills: Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn will face his former team, the Buffalo Bills, on Week 11 at the StubHub Center. Lynn spent two seasons as an assistant with the Bills. Last season, Lynn was promoted from running backs coach to offensive coordinator to interim coach for the final game of the regular season when Rex Ryan was fired.
“This is the time of year where we lay a foundation for the season ahead, and the schedule release helps bring everything that much more into focus,” Lynn said. “You always have goals, but now we really know what we’re looking at as a team, as a coaching staff, and as an organization. From opening in the division on Monday Night Football at Denver to closing the season at home against a rival like Oakland, and everything in between, we now know the challenges that lie ahead. I know our organization will be ready to embrace those challenges.”
Strength of schedule: 3rd, .568
Chargers Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Monday, Sept. 11, at Denver, 10:20 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 17, Miami, 4:05 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 24, Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 1, Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 8, at NY Giants, 1 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 15, at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 22, Denver, 4:25 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 29, at New England, 1 p.m.
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 12, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 19, Buffalo, 4:05 p.m.
Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 23, at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 3, Cleveland, 4:05 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 10, Washington, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15: Saturday, Dec. 16, at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 24, at NY Jets, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 31, Oakland, 4:25 p.m.