So much has happened since the conclusion of the 2016 NFL regular season, and here we are already gearing up for 2017!
Thursday afternoon the National Football League released the full 2017 regular season schedule. The Los Angeles Chargers will be playing all their home games at the StubHub Center in Carson and have a stacked road schedule.
The Bolts open the season in Denver against the Broncos in a Monday Night Football matchup on September 11. They return to Los Angeles in week 2 for their home opener against the Miami Dolphins.
The first half of the season, the Chargers will also host the Kansas City Chiefs (week 3), Philadelphia Eagles (week 4) and Denver Broncos (week 7). Los Angeles’ newest NFL franchise will travel to New York City to face the Giants in week 5, then Oakland to play against the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders in week 6. They’ll round out the first half with a trip to Foxborough, MA, to go up against the New England Patriots in week 8.
After the bye week, the Chargers will start the second half of their season on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 12. They’ll host the Buffalo Bills in week 11 before heading to Dallas for a Thanksgiving Day game against the Cowboys in week 12. Back in Carson the Bolts will host the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins in weeks 12 and 13, respectively, before heading off on their final two road games of the season. First they’ll head to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in week 15, then back to New York City for a Christmas Eve matchup against the Jets in week 16.
The regular season finale will have the Chargers hosting the Raiders. Last season the Bolts hosted their rivals in a mid-December matchup that left Qualcomm Stadium looking more like the black hole. This season the two will face off at the StubHub Center. With far less seats, 30,000 compared to just above 60,000, it will be interesting if the crowd will be predominantly powder blue or black and silver.
The kickoff of the 2017 NFL season will bring two high-powered offenses as the Kansas City Chiefs will battle the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium at 5:30 p.m. EST on NBC.