The entire 2021 LA Chargers schedule will first be released by the team’s official Twitter account at 4:45 p.m. PST today but we are already getting nuggets of information. The entire Week 1 slate was announced on Wednesday morning and the Chargers are on the road to take on the Washington Football Team.
Washington was not one of the teams that we thought the Chargers would be better off facing early, and really, it didn’t matter when the Bolts traveled to Landover. Fitzmagic can strike at any moment, without notice.
Just like there are opponents that are better to face early in the year, there are opponents that are better to face later in the year as well.
Here are 3 2021 opponents that are hopefully late in the LA Chargers schedule:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers started the season 11-0 last season and then it all started crashing down to earth. Pittsburgh had one of the easiest schedules in football and had some lucky breaks with re-scheduling from other team’s COVID-related issues.
It became clear late in the year and in the playoffs that Pittsburgh was not a true title contender and the same can be said this season. There is one primary reason for this reality: Ben Roethlisberger.
Big Ben is old, had elbow surgery and is being asked to throw the ball as many times as he would have a decade ago. That takes a toll on a quarterback, especially one that is far from the best version of himself, like Big Ben.
Big Ben might be fresh early on and surprise some people, but he will waver as the year goes on. Hopefully, the Bolts can catch the Steelers late to benefit from that.