The MLB sure is having an effect on NFL game scheduling. First, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were forced to open the season on the road – and get crushed at Sports Authority Field – due to scheduling conflicts with the Baltimore Orioles. Now, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers may swap home/road games due to a possible schedule conflict with the likely playoff-bound Oakland Athletics.
The Chargers are scheduled to travel to O.co Coliseum to take on the Raiders on October 6, which happens to be the off day between Games 2 and 3 of the American League Divisional Series. If the A’s, who also use the Coliseum, make the MLB playoffs, the Coliseum won’t be available as there’s no way to prepare the stadium for two different sports in a three-day span.
The easy solution would be to swap home and away dates between the two teams, which is currently in discussions. If this were to happen, the Chargers would host the Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium on October 6, while the Bolts would delay their trip to the Black Hole until December 22.
If the two do swap home games, the Chargers would have three straight home games from week 4 through week 6, which could help the team, given their recent mid-season struggles.
The last two seasons, the Chargers started and ended the seasons well. In 2011, the Chargers started off 4-1 and ended 4-1, with a mid-season six game losing stretch sandwiched in between. In 2012, the result was similar, starting off 3-1, ending 3-1, and losing seven of eight games in the middle of the season.
Of course, no one can tell really know if the Chargers will have a mid-season slump in 2013 (or if a home game really makes much of a difference), but the team can certainly use any advantage they can get to prevent one. Adding another home game in the middle of the year can’t hurt and if it somehow means an extra win and confidence boost midway through the season, we’ll take it.