Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls plays during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers 2014 Opponents


The San Diego Chargers have released the preliminary 2014 schedule.  The list of opponents have the Bolts playing the usual suspects in the AFC West as well as some of the teams we love to see them beat.

The Patriots, Bills and Dolphins are on the schedule as well as the Jets, Seahawks and Cardinals.  Seeing the Patriots and Seahawks on the schedule as well as the 49ers means that the Chargers are moving up in the rankings.  The NFL rules match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season.

The Rams, Jaguars and Ravens round out the opponents list.  With all the dates and times still TBA, but it’s good to know who is on the radar so the guys can start planning in March.

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  • Conor Cahill

    what is the rule about scheduling?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      There are quite a few. Traveling to each coast, division, conference, sock color, etc. :) Here is the short list:
      • Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).

      • The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).

      • The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).

      • Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (2
      games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place
      teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to
      play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams
      in a conference are matched in the same way each year.

      Beginning
      in 2010, a change was made to how teams are paired in the schedule
      rotation to ensure that teams playing the AFC and NFC West divisions
      would not be required to make two west coast trips (e.g. at San
      Francisco and at Seattle), while other teams in their division had none
      (e.g. at St. Louis and at Arizona).

    • Sergio Quintero

      Those interconference previous year’s record games can be huge, as SD and KC shared 14 of their 16 games, in those 14 games they both went 9-5, but KC was 2-0 against their last place conference assigned games (at Buf, vs Cle) and the chargers were 0-2 (at Mia, vs Cin).

  • Nick in PB

    Holy Sh*t! We don’t have any easy games on the schedule. Except the Raiders. I know that no games are considered easy but that schedule is brutal!

    • Sergio Quintero

      Well at least they get the Jags again

  • Jon Marine

    Tough schedule, and granted some of these teams will be upgraded. I see the Bills, Jets, and Jags heading in the right direction. But I see the Patriots, Ravens, and Cards regressing. However, we too will be improved (right Tom Telesco?) and our team plays with heart, so I think we will come out of this schedule with a winning record and go into the playoffs. These are really early minor predictions, but its never too early to start.

    • Sergio Quintero

      TT better get some better players on defense, 4-5 draft picks should go there, and at least 1-2 key free agents. If the chargers can get Floyd back, they can really take this passing game to a whole other level. I watched the Philly game again, and the chargers were really pushing the ball upfield in the first half, but once Floyd was lost, the passing really moved into the 3 step drop variety, and we know how little Vincent Brown produced in particular the second half of the season.

  • Sergio Quintero

    It seems they have set the home & road schedules:

    Home: Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, New England, NY Jets, St. Louis, Seattle, Jacksonville

    Road: Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, Buffalo, Miami, Arizona, San Francisco, Baltimore

    I would have really preferred getting the Ravens at home and the Jags on the road, in general a very tough schedule. I’m glad they don’t get both Seattle & S.F. on the road.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      I’m glad about not having both SF and Seattle on the road too. It’s going to be a tough season, but coming out on top will only validate what all Chargers fans already know.

  • Sergio Quintero

    The winners and losers of the schedule makers:

    Winner: Houston Texans
    Home: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Washington, Buffalo
    Road: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, NY Giants, Oakland

    If they can get healthy, and have Teddy Bridgewater have a Russell Wilson type rookie season 9-10 wins seems very reasonable.

    Loser: St. Louis Rams
    Home: Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, NY Giants, Denver, Oakland, Minnesota
    Road: Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington, Kansas City, San Diego, Tampa Bay

    They get to face 10 games versus teams with winning records even on a last place schedule, yikes that is a tough road, I have hard time remembering a tougher road schedule.

  • thetruthhurts

    Schedules come and go. Lets not forget that coming into the year we had the leagues 2nd weakest schedule except for the Raiders. So it benefited us this year and next year we have to man up.