While meetings with AFC West rivals are never dull, the Bolts will have plenty to think about outside the division again this season. Meetings with Super Bowl champ Seattle, NFC runner-up San Francisco, along with perennial AFC powers New England and Baltimore highlight the schedule.
After their first playoff appearance last season in four years (lost at Denver), the Chargers increased the hopes of fans that things are on the uptick in San Diego. Given that both AFC champ Denver and talented Kansas City are expected to be in the hunt, and while the Oakland Raiders have been adding a number of new pieces to their arsenal in the off-season, the AFC West will likely be a dogfight in 2014.
Seahawks, Niners, Pats among toughest foes
So, with AFC West meetings versus 2013 playoff contenders Denver and Kansas City (four games in all) expected to be difficult, what awaits the Chargers outside the division is no easy matter either.
Yes, teams such as Jacksonville may look like automatic wins on the schedule, but as anyone in the NFL will attest to, any team can beat any other team on any given Sunday.
Among the biggest challenges for the Bolts outside the division in 2014, dates are set for games at Seattle, San Francisco and Baltimore, with a home match up versus Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in early December.
Will these games be blacked out?
Lastly, the Chargers have had some blackout issues in recent years when it comes to home dates.
In looking at the 2014 slate of home games, potential blackouts could be looming with Jacksonville, the New York Jets and St. Louis, though how those three teams are playing the week before their date with San Diego will go a long way in determining that.
When it comes to the 2014 schedule, which game or games are you most looking forward to seeing the Chargers in?
San Diego Chargers Schedule 2014
SEP 8 7:20PM PDT AT CARDINALS
SEP 14 1:05PM PDT SEAHAWKS
SEP 21 10:00AM PDT AT BILLS
SEP 28 1:05PM PDT JAGUARS
OCT 5 1:25PM PDT JETS
OCT 12 1:05PM PDT AT RAIDERS
OCT 19 1:05PM PDT CHIEFS
OCT 23 5:25PM PDT AT BRONCOS
NOV 2 10:00AM PST AT DOLPHINS
NOV 16 1:05PM PST RAIDERS
NOV 23 1:05PM PST RAMS
NOV 30 10:00AM PST AT RAVENS
DEC 7 5:30PM PST PATRIOTS
DEC 14 1:05PM PST BRONCOS
DEC 20 1:30PM PST AT 49ERS
DEC 28 10:00AM PST AT CHIEFS