LA Chargers schedule: Predicting the primetime games pre-release
By Jason Reed
Monday Night Football: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Again, this has more to do with who the LA Chargers are playing rather than the LA Chargers being the focal point of the game itself. The only game where the Chargers will be the focal point is that Thursday night matchup against the Broncos, and that has more to do with SoFi Stadium than the Chargers.
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As sad as it sounds, the Chargers are just not as big of a money pumper to the NFL as other teams. A new money pumper has been introduced to the NFL in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have Tom Brady starting under center.
This game does have another interesting narrative that the broadcast can pick up and weave into the game itself and that is that the Chargers were one of the teams in the final running for Brady. They could play the ultimate what-if and what could have happened if Brady went to LA.
This game is another excuse to give Brady and company a primetime game and having the Chargers be the opponent makes sense as, like the Saints, it is a fresh matchup that NFL fans do not see happen every often.
And as trivial as it is, I do think that the Chargers’ new uniforms will play some kind of role in the league’s decision-making with these games. In an era where it is literally impossible to do something that everyone loves, the Chargers have universally loved jerseys. Who does not want to see that in primetime?
Three primetime games might not seem like a lot but that is kind of what happens after you go 5-11 and you don’t really have that superstar quarterback that leads to primetime games.