Week 1 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
This will be the “get the monkey off your back” game for the Chargers.
It’s tough to start the season against a solid divisional opponent, and losing to that opponent puts a team behind the 8-ball early, just ask the Chargers what losing that opener will do.
The Chargers have gotten off to starts of 1-4 and 0-4 over the course of the last two seasons and this year, they need to win right out of the gate and send a message to the rest of the AFC West. Unlike 2016 when these two teams opened the season, this game won’t be at Arrowhead Stadium.
Now, you might be saying that “beating Patrick Mahomes shouldn’t be that hard”, but consider what the Chiefs gave up to select him in the first round last year and consider how easily the traded Alex Smith away, a player who was arguably the league MVP after the first four games of last season.
The Chargers and their fans will be salivating over the thought of a rookie quarterback making his NFL debut on the road, but the Bolts better not sell Mahomes, Andy Reid or the rest of that team short.
Oh, and what “monkey” was I referring to? How about eight straight losses to the Chiefs?