The Chargers have long known the “who” and “where” of the 2014 schedule, but now they know the “when”. Breaking it down, fans are in for an incredibly entertaining season.
“The announcement of the schedule is always exciting for our players, our entire organization, and especially our fans,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “It’s going to be a challenge this year, as it is every year. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season.”
For the third straight year, the Chargers open the season in primetime with the late game of a Monday night double-header as they travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals. In an odd twist, San Diego begins the season facing the very same team they end the preseason against on Aug. 29. The Chargers own a lifetime 9-3 record against the Cardinals and have won the last three in a row.
In their home opener in Week 2, the Bolts face a stiff test when they host the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. It will certainly be a raucous crowd on hand at Qualcomm Stadium to welcome the former AFC West foe. The Seahawks lead the all-time series 26-23, and are 2-1 since moving to the NFC West.
Week 3 finds the team facing their first AFC opponent of the year as they travel cross country to face the Buffalo Bills. The Bolts are 22-12-2 against the Bills, and won the most recent meeting 37-10 in 2011.
Returning to America’s Finest City, the Chargers play host the Jacksonville Jaguars next on Sept. 28 in the first of a two-game home stand. The Bolts own a 4-2 lifetime record against the Jags, and have won three in a row the latest of which being a 24-6 victory last season.
The Jets are next up visiting Qualcomm Stadium in Week 5. The teams have bitter rivalry as they always seem to take it down to the wire. This year, San Diego hopes to notch one more victory to their current 20-14-1 advantage in the series.
Week 6 begins the first of three AFC West matchups. First up, the Bolts head north to take on the rival Oakland Raiders in Week 6. The Chargers trail the all-time series 59-48-2, and will look to avenge a 27-17 loss at The Coliseum last year.
The Kansas City Chiefs visit San Diego in Week 7. The last time these teams played at Qualcomm Stadium the Chargers emerged victorious with a come-from-behind 27-24 overtime win. Clinching a postseason berth for the Bolts, it’s a victory that will long be remembered, who boast a 54-53-1 lifetime record.
The Bolts are back in primetime for a Mile High trip to face the Denver Broncos on Thursday night football. Last season in week 15, these teams squared off in a game the Chargers won 27-20. Unfortunately, the Broncos eliminated the Bolts from the playoffs a month later, which has turned this division rivalry into one of national prominence. Denver leads the all-time series 58-49-1.
For the second straight season, a game against the Broncos is followed by one against the Miami Dolphins. Mike McCoy’s team will head to South Beach looking to snap a seven-game losing streak in Miami. In fact, San Diego hasn’t beaten the Dolphins in the regular season in the Sunshine State since 1980, including a 20-16 loss in 2013 that gave Miami a 15-14 series edge.
Following a Week 10 bye the Bolts host four of the next five games at home in what will surely be a crucial stretch of the season. It kicks off with Oakland visiting Qualcomm Stadium on Nov. 16, where the Chargers have won the last two meetings against their rivals at home.
Following Oakland’s visit to the Q, the St. Louis Rams come to America’s Finest City in Week 12 for a rare meeting between the two teams. This marks only the 11th time in history they’ve squared off, with the Rams owning a 6-4 lifetime mark against the Chargers. The last time they played in San Diego was in 2006 when the Bolts won 38-24.
The Chargers head cross-country yet again when they visit the Baltimore Ravens. The trip marks only the third time the team has ever played the Ravens in Charm City with the Bolts winless on both attempts. The Chargers also trail the all-time series 5-4.
Week 14 finds the Bolts back in primetime when they play host to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. The teams haven’t played since 2011, and the last time the Bolts came up victorious in San Diego was back in 2008. New England owns a 22-15-2 edge lifetime against the Chargers.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos visit San Diego the following week. The Chargers look to reverse recent woes against the Broncos at home, where they have dropped the last three decisions. However, the match also marks the regular season home finale, and the Bolts have a knack for season finales having won the last eight at Qualcomm Stadium.
For the third straight week the Chargers will face a team that made it to the Conference Championship game last season. This time they head north to the Bay area to visit the San Francisco 49ers in the final scheduled primetime game of the year. It will be a Saturday game between the intrastate rivals, and the time and exact station will be announced at a later date. San Francisco owns a 7-6 record against the Chargers.
The Bolts end the season for the second consecutive year against the Kansas City Chiefs. The last time these teams met in KC the Chargers emerged victorious in a back-and-forth affair when
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Also, individual game tickets at Qualcomm Stadium are not yet on sale. The only way to secure your seat is by becoming a valued Season Ticket MemberWeek 1 Monday, September 8 7:20 p.m @Arizona
Week 2 Sunday, September 14 1:05 p.m. SEATTLE
Week 3 Sunday, September 21 10:00 a.m. @Buffalo
Week 4 Sunday, September 28 1:05 p.m. JACKSONVILLE
Week 5 Sunday, October 5 1:25 p.m. N.Y. JETS
Week 6 Sunday, October 12 1:05 p.m. @Oakland
Week 7 Sunday, October 19 1:05 p.m. KANSAS CITY
Week 8 Thursday, October 23 5:25 p.m. @Denver
Week 9 Sunday, November 2 10:00 a.m. @Miami
Week 10 Sunday, November 9 BYE
Week 11 Sunday, November 16 1:05 p.m. OAKLAND
Week 12 Sunday, November 23 1:05 p.m. ST. LOUIS
Week 13 Sunday, November 30 10:00 a.m. @Baltimore
Week 14 Sunday, December 7 5:30 p.m. NEW ENGLAND
Week 15 Sunday, December 14 1:05 p.m. DENVER
Week 16 Saturday, December 20 TBD @San Francisco
Week 17 Sunday, December 28 10:00 a.m. @Kansas City