The NFL has released the full schedule for the 2019 season.
The Los Angeles Chargers will play in four prime time games, including a trip to Mexico to battle the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. That game will take place at Estadio Azteca and will be considered a “home” game for the Chargers.
Of course, the Chiefs were supposed to play the Los Angeles Rams on a Monday night in Mexico last season and the game had to be moved to L.A. due to concerns over the condition of the field. That game, a 54-51 Rams win, was one of the most entertaining offensive showcases in NFL history.
The Chargers will hope to show a little more defense than the Rams did in that game, which will be part of the NFL’s annual international series.
Here’s how the rest of the schedule plays out:
Week 1 vs. Indianapolis Colts: The Chargers and Colts were the AFC’s two Wild Card teams last season and they each won a playoff game. This will be an interesting way to start the season and a good litmus test for both teams.
Week 2 at Detroit Lions: The Chargers haven’t played in Detroit since Christmas Eve in 2011, a 38-10 Lions win.
Week 3 vs. Houston Texans: Another playoff team from a year ago comes into Los Angeles.
Week 4 at Miami Dolphins: At least on paper, this should be a “get right” game after playing a tough schedule to start the year. With this being the 100th year of the NFL, the league has decided to do a game each week which has a historical connection. For Week 4, this is that game, obviously due to the “Epic in Miami”, still considered one of the best games in NFL history.
Week 5 vs. Denver Broncos: The first divisional opponent of the season, the Broncos beat the Chargers in L.A. last season.
Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: This game will take place on Sunday Night Football, but the Steelers won’t have Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell.
Week 7 at Tennessee Titans: A rematch from last year’s battle in London, this game will happen a little closer to home.
Week 8 at Chicago Bears: This should be a good test against one of the league’s best defenses.
Week 9 vs. Green Bay Packers: As long as they have Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are always going to be a tough out. There’s also the fact that the Chargers hold a 1-10 all-time record against them.
Week 10 at Oakland Raiders: The Chargers don’t see their bitter rivals until November. The Raiders should be five games out of the division lead by this point, right? I kid, I kid. This game will also take place on Thursday Night Football.
Week 11 vs. Kansas City in Mexico City:
Week 12: BYE Week: This will be the latest into a season that the Chargers have had a Bye since 1990.
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Week 13 at Denver: No matter what Denver’s record is, a trip to the Mile High City is never an easy one.
Week 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars: Will this Jacksonville team look like the one that nearly made the Super Bowl in 2017 or the one that fell flat on its face in 2018?
Week 15 vs. Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings make the trip out west to face the Bolts on a Sunday night.
Week 16 vs. Oakland Raiders: This game sits in a “flex” position and the league will have the option to move it to Saturday.
Week 17 at Kansas City Chiefs: The last time the Chargers went into Arrowhead Stadium, they silenced the crowd in a thrilling 29-28 victory. This will be a fitting way to close the regular season and the game could have massive implications.