It may be just the preseason, but the Los Angeles Chargers know which opponents they’ll play in the four-game exhibition season this summer.
The schedule of opponents was released on Wednesday and though exact dates for three of the games still need to be played, the Chargers have a time and place for their third preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. Here’s a look at the teams the Chargers will face this August.
Week 1 at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 3 vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 4 at San Francisco 49ers
The game against the Saints will be nationally televised on CBS and will be played on Saturday, August 25 at 5:00 p.m. PT.
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The Chargers will face three-fourths of the NFC West in the preseason, which will be interesting as teams in the AFC West and NFC West play one another in the regular season as well next year.
The Chargers faced the Seahawks, Saints and 49ers during the preseason last year, losing each of those games. The Cardinals weren’t on the team’s preseason schedule a year ago, but the teams ran joint training camp practices in 2016.
The key game on the slate will be the proverbial “dress rehearsal” against the Saints. In that game, the Chargers will get to test themselves against what was one of the NFC’s best teams last season. And of course, it will be one more chance for Drew Brees to come face the team that made him a second-round pick in 2001.
The NFL is expected to announce its regular season schedule later this month.