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How Will the Bolts Fare in Primetime?
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It’s inherently one of the first questions that fans ask as soon as the schedule is announced.
How many prime time games do the Chargers have?
Fans want to know when the Bolts will take the national stage and play under the bright lights. The answer this year is four.
For the third year in a row, the Chargers open the season with the second game of the Monday night doubleheader. This time it’s in Arizona to face the Cardinals at 7:20pm on ESPN. In Week 8, the Bolts travel to Denver for a Thursday night meeting with the Broncos on CBS. This marks the second consecutive season the Chargers will make a Thursday night Mile High appearance.
The team’s lone home primetime match is against the New England Patriots in Week 14 when Tom Brady and company pay America’s Finest City a visit for a Sunday night showdown on NBC. Then, in Week 16, the Bolts will play a rare Saturday game when they head north to face the San Francisco 49ers. The exact time and station will not be announced until at least two weeks prior, with kickoff taking place at either 1:30pm or 5:15pm on NFL Network or CBS.
While fans get pumped up for these primetime games, they are far from the only ones. Many of the Chargers enjoy looking at the schedule and finding the dates where they get to take the national stage and lay it all on the line..
“No doubt I look forward to them,” said Jahleel Addae. “We have some good opponents on that schedule, and we’re looking forward to that challenge. “
Keenan Allen acknowledges that primetime games are special, but says once the ball kicks off it’s all the same. This mentality worked well for him last season as he caught four touchdowns in four national night games.
“It doesn’t matter when we play to be honest,” he said. “If it’s a primetime or day game it’s all the same to me.”
So do the Bolts have a better chance of winning when they play in primetime? The past tells us it is a 50-50 proposition. San Diego has played in exactly 90 primetime games, posting a 45-45 record for a .500 record. They’ve fared better on the road than at home with a 32-26 record away from Qualcomm Stadium, which is a good omen since three of their four national games will be away from San Diego.
The primetime schedule does come with a caveat. From Week 5 through Week 10, up to two games can be flexed for Sunday Night Football. Previously, flex scheduling came into play once Week 11 rolled around, and that will once again be the case. So, any of the Bolts Sunday games could end up being a primetime game, while theoretically, the Week 14 game against the Patriots could be flexed out.
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