NO FAVORS: The schedule maker didn’t do the Chargers any favors this year. They have three separate ridiculously tough stretches.
TOUGH STRETCH #1: The Chargers play the late Monday Night double header game in the opening weekend at Arizona, a 10 win team from last year. After all the emotion of a Monday Night opener, they come home in week #2 to take on the defending champion Seattle Seahawks who come into the game on 10 days rest.
TOUGH STRETCH #2: Games #6 to #8 feature three division games in 11 days including home against the Chiefs and a trip to Denver within four days.
TOUGH STRETCH #3: The entire month of December. The Chargers open December at home vs the Patriots followed by a home against the Broncos. Both teams were in the AFC Championship game last year. The close out the year at San Francisco who was in the NFC Championship game and at Kansas City on the final week of the year (playoff team from last year).
MY THOUGHTS: If the Chargers make the playoffs, they will be a danger as they would have been tested down the stretch.