Los Angeles Chargers: Team will learn its 2017 preseason opponents on Monday

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The NFL is set to release its 2017 preseason schedule this Monday.

While it’s just a preseason game, those of us who crave football actually sit on pins and needles for things like this. OK, that might be a little bit of an overstatement, but it is the offseason, and any talk of actual football games is fun to us.

2017 NFL Preseason schedule will be revealed on Monday at 5p ET. Live coverage on @nflnetwork's Up to the Minute

— NFL Media (@NFLMedia) April 7, 2017

NFL Network will likely target the key games that feature the juicy matchups such as ex-players going up against their former teams, or games that will showcase big-name rookies. But who will the Los Angeles Chargers face?

The Cardinals will open this preseason in the annual Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys in Canton, Ohio.

In recent years, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers have shown up on the preseason schedule. The Cardinals even participated in joint practices with the Chargers before their game last season.

But what about the Los Angeles Rams? That’s a must, right? The Chargers and Rams don’t play each other in the regular season and it would be interesting to see which Los Angeles team could bring in the most fan support. In fact, scheduling the Chargers against the entire NFC West division makes plenty of sense.

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But for me, the game against the Rams has to be on the schedule. The Chargers will be looking for as much support as they can get in their new market this season. Even if it’s a preseason game, what better time and place to showcase what your team can do than against the other team that plays in the same city?

Not that the league cares about those sorts of things, but I feel it would be an intriguing matchup, even if the game doesn’t count in the standings.

At the end of the day, it’s just preseason football. But we’ll still be happy to pick apart each of the Chargers’ games after the schedule is announced, right here at Bolt Beat.