Question 4: Do you feel better, worse or the same about the 2020 season knowing the order of the schedule?
“Slightly worse. Being on the road for Weeks 4 and 5 against two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and having three weeks without a home game after Week 9 against the Raiders isn’t optimal. The three-week divisional gauntlet to end the season is also tough. Also, there’s no Sunday Night Football game, which means no “Bryan Bulaga, Iowa”.
“This is an interesting question because I felt great about the team last year, but I think the schedule is much easier this year. The non-divisional games were definitely more difficult last year, and it showed, unfortunately. I was hoping the league would do the Chargers a favor in terms of travel but away games at New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Miami in the span of four weeks could be tough.
Other than that, I thought the order of the schedule was pretty favorable, especially the games leading up to the bye. The last three weeks will obviously be crucial, but they could have a lot of momentum leading up to that point.”
“I feel a little better about the season knowing the schedule. There aren’t any crazy road trips like we’re accustomed to. The bye week is right around the middle of the season as well, so they won’t be going too long without a needed break.”
“All things considered, it’s a pretty balanced schedule. While there are stretches that are hard, like weeks 2-5 or 15-17, it’s balanced out by relatively easier stretches. I’m not a fan of the divisional games down the stretch, but it’s balanced out by a pretty light stretch before the bye.
One thing that will be key to watch is how the Chargers deal with traveling to the east coast. The games at Tampa Bay, Miami, and Buffalo are all 10 AM PT starts, so they’ll have to prepare for those contests well.”
“It has not changed my opinion at all. I wasn’t really caught off guard by the league not doing the Chargers any favor with travelling because I kind of assumed they would get the bad end of the stick with SoFi being the Rams’ stadium after all.”