The San Diego Chargers will play their 2012 regular season home opener against the Tennessee Titans on September 16, 2012. The Lightning Bolts won their last eight games against Tennessee dating back to the 1993 season when the latter played home games in Houston.
San Diego averaged 28 points per game in eight wins while Tennessee averaged about 14 points per game. One of these eight wins happened during the 2007 NFL season when San Diego won a playoff game by the final score of 17-6.
The most lopsided victory during this stretch happened during the 2006 season when the Chargers won 40-7 in San Diego. Five of the eight wins happened in San Diego including the playoff win and San Diego’s last win which happened in 2010 by a final score of 33-25.
San Diego has an all-time record of 24-13-1 against the Tennessee franchise even though the former lost four games in a row before winning eight in a row.
Tennessee ranked eighth in fewest points allowed while they ranked 11th in fewest yards allowed per play last season. There were only 10 teams who allowed more points than the San Diego Chargers in 2011 while only seven teams allowed more yards per play.
Philip Rivers is entering his seventh season as the starting quarterback for San Diego while second year player and former Washington Huskies QB Jake Locker will start for Tennessee.
San Diego finished 2011 with an 8-8 record and they were 5-3 at home while Tennessee was 9-7 in 2011 with a 4-4 road record. San Diego lost the AFC West last season to the Denver Broncos because of a tiebreaker scenario. San Diego averaged over six home wins per season from 2006-2010, so beating the Titans would be a good start for a team who was dominate at home.
The NFL Draft as well as free agency and trades can have an effect on teams and the eight games happened over a span of 18 seasons from 1993-2010, so it will be interesting to see how things will play out in 2012.