Chargers’ 2016 schedule both exciting & daunting

Mandatory Photo Credit: San Diego Sports Domination CEO & Founder David Frerker

Mandatory Photo Credit: San Diego Sports Domination CEO & Founder David Frerker

San Diego Chargers fans will see the home team take on some of the NFL’s top teams and most talented players at Qualcomm Stadium during the 2016 season.

“The day the NFL releases the schedule is always an exciting one for our fans,” acknowledged Head Coach Mike McCoy. “As a coaching staff, we are excited to get to work on the 2016 season. We already knew who and where we would be playing, but now we know when. We’ve got some very talented teams coming here, including all three of our very tough division rivals. We have the world champions (Denver) as well as the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers on our schedule. But right now our first priority is to get ready for the opener on Sept. 11 in Kansas City.”

The Chargers will open the 2016 season at Arrowhead Stadium on the 15th Anniversary of 9-11 when they face the Chiefs on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. PT. Kansas City will be a formidable opponent to start the season as the Chiefs went 11-5 in 2015 and reached the divisional playoffs.

A week later the Chargers will make their 2016 home regular-season debut when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 18 at Qualcomm Stadium at 1:25 p.m. Head Coach Gus Bradley’s team will bring a potent offense to San Diego led by quarterback Blake Bortles and a multi-talented receiving corps that features Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns along with tight ends Julius Thomas and Marcedes Lewis.

The Chargers will play five of their first eight games on the road followed by five of their last eight at Qualcomm Stadium. The Bolts will face the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos twice in a 17-day stretch in October. San Diego will host the Broncos in a Thursday night game at Qualcomm Stadium on Oct. 13. The Bolts will play 14 games, including preseason, before the team’s bye week.

Week 3 sees the Chargers back on the road as the Bolts will head to Indianapolis to face the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 25. The game will feature a late afternoon start with a 1:25 kickoff time back in San Diego. One of the storylines of the Chargers-Colts game will be the matchup between Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano and his brother, Chuck, the head coach of the Colts.

The month of October features a challenging five-game stretch. The Chargers will kick off the month when they return home in Week 4 to host former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Slated for Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1:25 p.m., this will be Brees’ first visit to San Diego to face his former team since joining the Saints in 2006. The Saints’ offense produced 408 points behind Brees, the fifth-highest total in the NFC. On Oct. 9, the Chargers head north to the Coliseum to face the Raiders in a 1:25 p.m. kickoff. Four days later, the Bolts return to Qualcomm Stadium to host the Broncos in a Thursday night prime-time game that will kick off at 5:25 p.m. The Bolts will tangle with the defending Super Bowl champs on national TV as the game is simulcast on CBS and the NFL Network, along with being streamed live on Twitter. The Broncos will be without recently-retired quarterback Peyton Manning.

The Chargers will play their only stretch of back-to-back road games in Weeks 7 and 8 when they head east to face the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Oct. 23 (1:05 p.m. PT) followed by another meeting with the Broncos, this time at Sports Authority Field, on Oct. 30, also at 1:05 p.m. PT.

The two-game road trip precedes a two-game homestand as the NFL calendar flips over to November. The Chargers will welcome the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 6 (1:25 p.m.) and the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 13 (1:05 p.m.). When the Titans roll into Qualcomm Stadium, it will mark Chargers fans first opportunity to see Marcus Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft. Mariota was the NFL’s top-rated rookie quarterback in 2015 as he passed for more than 2,800 yards with 19 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. Miami returns to San Diego to face the Bolts at Qualcomm Stadium for the second-straight year. Last season, the Chargers earned an emotional 30-14 win over the Dolphins. New Miami Head Coach Adam Gase takes over in his first year as the head coach of the Dolphins.

After playing 14 straight weeks, including the preseason, the Chargers will finally have their bye in Week 11 before playing six straight to close out the regular season.

The final six-game stretch starts with a road trip to face the defending AFC South champion Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on Nov. 27 (10 a.m. PT). The Texans went 9-7 in 2015 before being blanked by Kansas City in the wild card playoffs.

On Dec. 4, the Chargers are back in San Diego to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a 1:25 p.m. kickoff. New Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s squad is led by quarterback Jameis Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft. Winston had a solid rookie season in Tampa Bay as he passed for more than 4,000 yards along with 22 touchdown strikes.

The final four weeks of the season will see two tough road games alternating with home AFC West battles against the Raiders and Chiefs. On Dec. 11, the Chargers will head to Charlotte, North Carolina to face reigning NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton and the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers. Kickoff is 10 a.m. PT. A week later on Dec. 18 (1:25 p.m.), the Bolts will return to Qualcomm Stadium to face the Raiders and their squad that features some very talented players including quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Amari Cooper and outside linebacker Khalil Mack. The Chargers will then play their final road game of the regular season on Dec. 24 when they head to Cleveland to face the Browns on Christmas Eve for a 10 a.m. PT kickoff. And the Bolts will close out the 2016 regular season while ringing in the new year against the same team they began it with as the Chargers host Andy Reid and the Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on New Year’s Day Jan. 1. Kickoff for the Bolts and Chiefs is 1:25 p.m.

San Diego Chargers 2016 Schedule

Season Tickets for all 10 Chargers home games, including preseason, are available now by calling 1-877-Chargers or logging onto The Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium Gate C is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Only season tickets are available at this time.

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About DavidSDSU (1275 Articles)
I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am an award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 10 years. I have written many guest articles and have appeared in many podcasts. I am also the team photographer for the San Diego Silverbacks, San Diego Surf (WPSL) and San Diego Strike Force. At my day job, I am a Live Coverage and Studio Coordinator at STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry. We work with the biggest sports & entertainment companies in the world.

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