The dates and times of these games have yet to be announced, but the Chargers are scheduled to play eight games against teams that either made the playoffs, or had a winning record in the 2011-2012 season. San Diego will have their usual six games within the division. They will also play four games against the AFC North, four games against the NFC South, one game against an AFC South opponent and one game against an AFC East opponent. The Chargers are 6-6 in the division the last two seasons, so it is imperative for them as it is for every team to win divisional games. San Diego finished the season 8-8, and had they beaten Denver at home in overtime, they would have made the playoffs.
The Chargers dominated Baltimore in San Diego 34-14 this season, so it will be a revenge game for the Ravens, and the match-up will take place in Baltimore. Pittsburgh has averaged 11 wins the last five seasons, so the Chargers will be in for a fight at home. They have Cleveland at home and a road game against Cincinnati who features rising stars A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. San Diego has a trip to the Georgia dome, where Atlanta is 26-6 in the last four seasons. The Chargers will face their former quarterback Drew Brees in San Diego assuming he re-signs with New Orleans. Brees will look to pick apart the Charger secondary as he did in 2008 when he was 30-41 with 339 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. San Diego will look to beat up a Tampa Bay team that finished the season on a 10 game losing streak, and will travel to Carolina to play a rejuvenated Steve Smith, Cam Newton and the Panthers.
The Jets are not one of the eight teams with a winning record or a team that made the playoffs on San Diego’s schedule, but it will still be a difficult road game for the Chargers as New York was 6-2 at home this season. A silver lining for the Chargers is that four of the games against teams with winning records or playoff teams are at home as they will play Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Denver and New Orleans while they will play Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver and Cincinnati on the road. One thing is for sure, the Chargers need to come out swinging and stay on fire next season.