This year, it seems schedule works in favor of Chargers

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Still Chargin
Staff member
Mar 5, 2006
By Kevin Acee
September 7, 2006

Talk about the new quarterback. Fret about the left tackle. Break down the secondary.

Go ahead.

But make sure to remember the big equalizer in the NFL.
The schedule.

When all is dissected, the biggest difference between the Chargers of 2005 and those of '06 appears to be the teams they play.

Where they faced the NFL's toughest schedule last season, their slate is considered easier than those of 19 other teams in the season ahead.

Not only did San Diego's opponents last year have a combined record of 143-113 (.559), the Chargers traveled five times to the Eastern time zone and played four teams coming off byes in a five-week span. Their league-high 11 games against teams with winning records included five games against division winners.

They do play the two Super Bowl XL combatants this season and two other teams that made the playoffs. And the schedule does appear tougher at the end. But that's about all that can be said to make it appear daunting.

The Chargers' 2006 opponents were 125-131 (.488) last season.

Of course, players are reluctant to put down their opponents. But in this case what isn't said speaks louder than what is. Last summer, the Chargers were free in their assessment of the difficult road they were about to face. This summer, they are being careful not to talk about the schedule.

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Well-Known Member
Nov 4, 2005
They deserve it. We had a crap schedule last year that seemed designed to keep us down. But the Chargers did a lot of good against that brutal shedule. This is a break they've earned, and hopefully, take full advantage of.