Predicting the LA Chargers' primetime games for the 2022 season

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2. Las Vegas Raiders, Monday Night Football

The NFL really seems to love Chargers-Raiders primetime games as the two teams ended up playing two primetime games against each other last season. While we saw this game on Monday Night Football last season, I think we are going to see the two teams run it back with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman calling the action on ESPN.

However, this time, instead of the two teams playing in SoFi Stadium on Monday Night Football the primetime game will instead be in Las Vegas in the team's first matchup against each other next season.

I would predict that the NFL will schedule this game in the Week 5-7 range with it being the first time the Raiders and Chargers play each other in the season. Why is this important? It would be the first game that the two teams played since that thrilling Week 18 game in which the Raiders ended the Bolts' season.

The NFL is all about drawing narratives from their primetime games and that is such an easy narrative to create. Fans get a familiar matchup that they know will be entertaining because of the last time that they saw these two teams in primetime.

The AFC West is going to play a lot of primetime games next season and with the addition of Davante Adams and Josh McDaniels in a growing market like Las Vegas, I think we are going to see a lot of the Raiders in primetime. The Chargers will benefit here as they look to beat the Raiders on MNF for the second year in a row.