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Instant Analysis of the Chargers 2024 Schedule  


The Chargers 2024 regular-season schedule has been revealed.

Information on single game tickets can be found here.

Here are the biggest takeaways from the Bolts 2024 schedule:

Week 1 (and 18) against the Raiders

The Chargers will kick off the Jim Harbaugh Era at home in Week 1 against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium.

And there will plenty of familiarity between these AFC West foes as the Bolts look to win their fourth straight home game against Las Vegas.

Harbaugh will begin his second stint as as NFL head coach against the team he began his NFL coaching career with. Harbaugh was the Raiders quarterbacks coach back in 2002 and 2003.

The Bolts also won't have to wait long to see Tom Telesco, the former Chargers General Manager who now holds the same position with the Raiders.

The teams will see each other in Week 1 for the second time in three seasons. The rivals met at SoFi Stadium in the 2022 season opener in a 24-19 Chargers win.

And while the Bolts open the season against the Raiders, they close out the regular season against them, too, as the Week 18 matchup is in Las Vegas.

This marks the third time in franchise history the Chargers open and close against the same opponent. It also happened in 2016 against the Chiefs and in 2012 against the Raiders.

There will be plenty of hype and excitement around Harbaugh's debut in powder blue, and it will also be interesting to see where these teams stand when they meet in the regular-season finale.

3 in primetime, no Thursday game

The Chargers are currently slated for three primetime games in 2024.

The Bolts will play in Arizona on Monday Night Football in Week 7, their first primetime game in the desert since 2014.

A pair of top-5 draft picks in Joe Alt and Marvin Harrison, Jr. could be on full display at this point in the season.

The Chargers only have one home primetime game scheduled for now, and it's The Harbaugh Bowl in Week 12 against Baltimore.

Jim Harbaugh will host his brother, John, on Monday Night Football as the brothers meet as head coaches for the third time.

The Chargers then travel to Kansas City for a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Chiefs in Week 14.

Of note: the Chargers are not slated to play on a Thursday this season.

The last time the Chargers didn't play on Thursday Night Football was in 2017 when they were at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. And the last time the Bolts didn't play on Thursday at all was 2009.

Take a detailed look at who the Bolts will face in the 2024 season!!

Early East Coast swing

The Bolts have five games scheduled for the Eastern time zone in 2024, and will hit two of them back-to-back early in the season.

After opening the season at home against Las Vegas, the Chargers then travel to Carolina in Week 2 and Pittsburgh in Week 3.

This will be the Bolts first road trip to play the Panthers since 2016. The Chargers have only played Carolina seven total times in franchise history, the fewest number of matchups against any other team.

The Week 3 clash in Pittsburgh should be a rugged affair as both teams want to be physical and establish the ground game.

Something to note here given how many East Coast trips the Bolts have, but perhaps the Chargers decide to follow the lead of other teams in years' past and stay somewhere out there to eliminate an extra flight?

Pivotal AFC West clashes

The easiest way to get into the playoffs is by winning your division, and the Bolts have a chance to make an early statement there.

The Bolts first two AFC West games come at home with the Raiders in Week 1 and the Chiefs in Week 4.

There's no doubt Harbaugh will want his team to make some noise within the division, so getting a pair of home wins early could set the tone for the Chargers for the rest of 2024.

Another Week 5 bye

The Chargers will have the earliest possible bye week for the second year in a row.

Players and coaches often look for the bye week right away when the schedule is revealed, with the preference usually being as close to the midpoint of the season as possible.

That's not the case in 2024, as the Chargers will play four games, get a break and then get ready for a grueling 13-game stretch the rest of the way.

The road well traveled

With the AFC having an extra road game on the docket in 2024, you knew the Bolts would be well traveled this season.

That's the case early on as four of the Chargers first six games come away from SoFi Stadium, including two sets of back-to-back road games.

In addition to consecutive games in Carolina and Pittsburgh, the Bolts then come out of the bye week with another two straight road games.

The Week 6 matchup is in Denver followed by a Week 7 primetime tilt in Arizona. So while the travel on those two games isn't overly taxing, the Bolts will be logging plenty of air miles early in the season.

Home in November

After jetting around the country in the first half of the season, the Bolts will be home for three consecutive home games in November.

The Chargers host the Titans (Week 10), Bengals (Week 11) and Ravens (Week 12 on MNF) for three home games in a three-week stretch.

This will mark the first time the Bolts have had three straight home games since the 2017 season.

The Bolts and Titans will meet for the third straight year before the Chargers see two of the NFL's best quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks with Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson.

Arrowhead's bright lights

The Bolts third primetime game of the season comes on the road in Week 14 against the Chiefs.

All eyes will be on this Sunday Night Football matchup between division foes.

The storylines will be aplenty, too, whether it's Harbaugh vs. Andy Reid, another edition of Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes or the always fun battle between Derwin James, Jr. and Travis Kelce.

This AFC West tilt comes in early December and could potentially be for first place in the division depending on where the standings sit with a month to go.

A look at the QBs

The Chargers will play a mix of both elite and young quarterbacks throughout the 2024 season.

On one hand, Week 11 to Week 14 could be the toughest stretch of the year.

Burrow and Jackson will come to SoFi Stadium before the Bolts hit the road to face Kirk Cousins and Mahomes in back-to-back weeks.

But there could also be a chance for Jesse Minter's defense to rattle young quarterbacks, too, as the Bolts could play as many as seven total games against first or second-year quarterbacks.

Some of those position battles have to play out, but the Chargers could see Aidan O'Connell twice with the Raiders and rookie Bo Nix in two games against Denver.

Second-year quarterbacks Bryce Young (Panthers) and Will Levis (Titans) are also on the docket.

New England's Drake Maye, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, could also be the starter in late December.

Ending on the road

As mentioned above, four of the Bolts first six games are on the road.

The same is true for the back portion of the schedule, too, with four of the final six contests away from SoFi Stadium.

The Bolts are on the road in Atlanta and Kansas City in Weeks 13 and 14, respectively, before back-to-back home games against the Buccaneers and Broncos.

Then comes a Week 17 game in New England for the Chargers longest road trip of the season at nearly 3,000 miles one away.

The Bolts then wrap up the regular season in Las Vegas as they look to be road warriors down the stretch.

Just like the early part of the schedule, the Chargers have two sets of back-to-back road games in December and January.

If the Chargers are in contention for the playoffs with two games left, they will have to earn a spot in the dance on the road.

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