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Chargers schedule 2022: Dates & times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

The Chargers missed out on the playoffs by mere seconds last season. They needed to either win or tie against the Raiders in Week 18 to get into the postseason, but Las Vegas kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired in overtime on “Sunday Night Football” to end the 2021 NFL regular season.

Brandon Staley will be looking for a better result in 2022. The Chargers have spent the offseason retooling and adding to their roster. It already looked solid, but with the additions of players like Khalil Mack, JC Jackson and first-round rookie Zion Johnson, they look like legitimate AFC contenders.

The Chargers haven’t made the playoffs since the 2018 season and have made it just twice overall since 2010. Can Staley and Justin Herbert usher in a new era of success for the team? It will take a lot given the state of the AFC West, but the Chargers have the talent needed to win double-digit games for just the second time in the last decade.

Here is a complete breakdown of the Chargers’ 2022 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis for all 17 games.

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Chargers schedule 2022

The Chargers’ schedule will be announced as part of the NFL’s schedule release on Thursday, May 12. Below is a look at their 17 opponents for 2022 and what has been leaked of their schedule to date.

  • home: Broncos, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jaguars, Raiders, Rams, Seahawks, Titans
  • away: Broncos, Browns, Cardinals, Chiefs, Colts, 49ers, Falcons, Raiders, Texans
week Date Opponent Kick off time TV-channel
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two Sept. 15 (TNF) at Chiefs TBD Amazon-Prime
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eleven
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fifteen
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The Chargers go off to a fast start under first-year head coach Brandon Staley in 2021. They began the year with a 4-1 record and looked poised to potentially win the AFC West as the Chiefs struggled to open the season. Eventually, Los Angeles’ luck ran out, and it finished the season with a 9-8 record, but it’s clear that the team has the talent needed to win consistently.

Los Angeles is going to have to perform more evenly in 2022 to compete for the AFC West title in earnest. The team has added plenty of talent in the form of Khalil Mack and JC Jackson, so they should help the defense. The main focus for the Chargers will be managing the coaching staff’s aggressive in-game strategy. If they can do that better this season, they could outclass the Chiefs, Broncos and Raiders.

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Chargers strength of schedule

The Chargers have the 10th-hardest strength of schedule based on last year’s records. Los Angeles’ opponents posted a 150-139 combined record last season, good for a .519 winning percentage. That will make it tough for the Chargers to consistently win.

Of course, it’s worth noting that there are some inefficiencies in basing strength of schedule on the previous year’s records. It doesn’t account for the moves that each team makes to improve during the offseason, so it’s possible that Los Angeles’ schedule will be harder or easier than it looks in 2022.

Most notably, the Chargers’ games against the Broncos will probably be harder in 2022. Denver went just 7-10 last season but now has Russell Wilson at quarterback. As such, the Broncos should be better and that will make Los Angeles’ schedule a bit more difficult.

Toughest Tests: The Chargers have to play the Chiefs, Broncos and Raiders twice each by virtue of being in their division. The Chiefs and Raiders both made the playoffs last season while the Broncos added Wilson this offseason, so those six games will be difficult for Justin Herbert and Co. to win, especially the trip to Denver and Mile High Stadium.

Elsewhere, facing the Browns in Cleveland could be a tough game for the Chargers, who are most accustomed to warm weather. Facing the Rams at home also won’t be easy considering that they share a stadium, so the matchup with the Super Bowl champs may feel more like a road game for the Chargers. Still, the No. 1 concern for Staley and Co. has to be the divisional matchups they are facing in 2022.

Biggest Breaks: The Chargers have more respites on their schedule than the other teams in their division. They get to face Seattle at home, which should give them a chance to win, and so should their home meeting with the Jaguars.

Traveling to face the lowly Texans and Falcons shouldn’t be too bad either. The only concern will be about the time that the Falcons game starts. If it isn’t too early, the Chargers should win that one with relative ease.

Bottom Line: There’s a lot to like about the Chargers in 2022. They have one of the most complete rosters in the NFL and one of the best young, dynamic passers running their offense. They may run into some really tough opponents along the way, but the path exists for the Chargers to win a division title.

Maybe the Chargers will fold under what’s sure to be heavy pressure within their division. But more likely, Herbert will take another step forward and Staley vs. Andy Reid will become one of the most interesting intradivisional coaching battles in the NFL.

Record Prediction: 12-5

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