The San Diego Chargers are ready for the 2011-12 football season with an all-star lineup and recharged goals. As one of the more consistent teams going into the season, the Bolts are largely favored to win the AFC West and are one of the strongest early contenders to have a shot at playing in the Super Bowl in Indy this winter. The Bolts have tons of returning players ready to finally capture an AFC title and Super Bowl berth this season, and they’ll get the chance as the 2011 season unfolds if they can get off to a good start and stay healthy. There are plenty of games on the San Diego Chargers schedule to watch this season, including the following.
Week 2, Chargers at Patriots:
The Chargers have a tough schedule this year, starting right away with a Week 2 melee in Foxboro at Gillette Stadium against the New England Patriots. The Chargers have for the last couple seasons gotten off to a slow start during the regular season, but they can’t afford early losses to AFC competitors like the Pats this year if they want to ensure a postseason berth.
Week 3, Chiefs at Chargers:
It was the Kansas City Chiefs and not the San Diego Chargers that won the AFC West last season and qualified for the playoffs, and football fans better believe the Bolts aren’t about to let that happen again this year. This season it’s personal for the Chargers, who will face their first divisional rivals of the regular season in this Week 3 matchup at Qualcomm Stadium.
Week 5, Chargers at Broncos:
Everyone’s waiting to see what the Denver Broncos will look like this season with a new coach and ongoing quarterbacking issues, and the Chargers will put their AFC West foes to the test in Week 5 at Denver. The Bolts have quite a few tough road games on the schedule this season, and this one on Oct. 9 will give the Chargers some major confidence if they can pull a W.
Week 7, Chargers at Jets:
The New York Jets have given the Chargers some stiff competition in the postseason over the last few seasons, and a big battle of the AFC heavyweights will come into play in Week 7, when the Chargers travel to the New Meadowlands. Former Chargers Antonio Cromartie and LaDainian Tomlinson have been big assets to the Jets roster since leaving the West for the East last season, and that will add more fuel to the fire behind this Week 7 matchup. NFL ticketswont’ stick around for a potential AFC Championship Game preview.
Week 14, Ravens at Chargers:
The Chargers have a consistently tough schedule that won’t let up during the final weeks of regular season play. San Diego faces Baltimore on Dec. 18 at home, welcoming the AFC rivals to Qualcomm in what could be a preview of the AFC playoffs. The Chargers and Ravens are two of the dominant teams in the AFC, and this Week 14 faceoff could determine how things might swing in the following month during the playoffs.