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Five Lessons from the Chargers 2014 Schedule
Here are five lessons we learned from the release of the 2014 NFL Schedule.
Qualcomm Stadium to be a mad house this year. Bookending the home slate are both teams that appeared in the Super Bowl last year, beginning with the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and ending with the Denver Broncos. In between, the Chargers host the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and a Sunday night primetime game against the New England Patriots. Individual tickets are not yet on sale, so the only way to secure your seat right now is by becoming a Season Ticket Member.
“That home stretch is definitely a cluster of teams that have won a lot of football games not only recently, but over many years. So it will be a tough finish. But that’s when you need to be playing your best. If we battle through that finish and find ourselves into January, then we’ll be definitely battle tested for sure.”
5. Ignore “Strength of Schedule” – Most analysts hammer home strength of schedule when the new season’s slate of games is released. Based on the 2013 finish, the Chargers supposedly have the fourth toughest strength of schedule heading into the 2014 season. Last year the Chargers supposedly had the second easiest schedule. To show how flimsy the strength of schedule argument is look no further than the Kansas City Chiefs. San Diego’s strength of schedule number in 2013 was based on the assumption the Chiefs were a 2-14 team when in fact they were an 11-5 squad. In the end, the Chargers had the 16thtoughest schedule last season, a number that was actually inflated by three teams picking in the top five of this year’s draft – the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. So while you may hear a lot about strength of schedule, the fact of the matter is that the 2013 season is completely independent from 2014.