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Chargers tackle 2014 schedule, open at Cardinals

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While many sports fans may have their attention currently diverted to the NBA and NHL playoffs, perhaps the first few weeks of the MLB season or even on the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, many sports fans eagerly awaited the announcement today (April 23) of the 2014 NFL schedule.

From planning home weekends to trying to figure out potential weekend road trips, millions of NFL fans are happy to have their respective team's 2014 slate of action right in front of them.

For fans of the San Diego Chargers, the 2013 season (their first trip to the playoffs in four years) may have just been a little appetizer to bigger and better things to come.

In 2014, the Bolts will kick off their quest to capture the AFC West title and more with a trip over to Arizona and a meeting with the NFC West Cardinals (prime time on Monday, Sept. 8).

Super Bowl Champion Seahawks open home schedule

That match up will be followed the following Sunday (Sept. 14) with a visit from the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Needless to say, the Chargers should come close to a sellout in their home opener, allowing executives and those looking at their purse strings to lessen the worries of a blackout.

The September slate concludes with meetings versus the Bills (in Buffalo Sept. 21) and at home with Jacksonville (Sept. 28).

Three AFC West foes in October

October kicks off with a meeting against the New York Jets (Oct. 5), followed by three straight encounters with the AFC West in Oakland (Oct. 12), home to Kansas City (Oct. 19) and a Thursday night venture Denver (Oct. 23).

In November, San Diego tackles another visit to Miami on Nov. 2 (lost a heart-breaker in South Florida last season), then has a bye week, before hosting the Raiders and St. Louis Rams, respectively (Nov. 16 and 23). The month ends with a tough match up in Baltimore on Nov. 30.

To conclude the final month of the season, the Bolts run the gauntlet two straight weekends in meetings at home with New England (Dec. 7) and Denver (Dec. 14), before finishing out the month with visits to San Francisco (Dec. 20) and rival Kansas City (Dec. 28).

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