The 2022 NFL schedule is set to be released on Thursday night, although we do know some tidbits about the LA Chargers schedule before Thursday. During the 2022 NFL Draft, the NFL announced that the Chargers would be on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs for the first-ever Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video in Week 2.
Outside of that, despite various rumors, there is nothing concrete about the Chargers that we know. Sure, we know who the Chargers play and at what venue, but the construction of the schedule matters just as much as who the team is playing.
And when it comes to the Chargers schedule in 2022, there definitely are some worst-case possibilities that we hope do not come to fruition.
1. Chargers start the season on the road in Week 1
I highly doubt that this actually happens as the Chargers have started the season on the road in each of the last two seasons. Plus, with a road Thursday Night Football game in Week 2, it is sensible for the Chargers to get a home game in Week 1.
The problem is that the Chargers share a stadium with the defending Super Bowl Champions, who very well could get favored and get a Week 1 home game as a result. Typically, the defending Super Bowl Champions play in the first game of the season on Thursday Night Football.
However, with the first Thursday Night Game on Amazon going to the Chargers in Week 2, the LA Rams might just end up getting a normal Sunday primetime game. If so, history indicates that the Rams will be at home as the last Super Bowl Champion to start the season on the road was the 2013 Baltimore Ravens.
The Chargers have tougher opponents on the road than at home in 2022 and the last thing the team needs is a gauntlet to start the season with a tough road game against a team like 49ers before taking on the Chiefs on a short week.