It's gonna be tough this season for the Bolts. Fans are not happy about San Diego having the sixth most difficult schedule in the league, after going 8-8 and missing the playoffs the year before.
The two hardest parts of the Chargers' schedule is the first six games and the last six games. Usually, that sentence would say "three games" instead of six. That just represents San Diego's long road ahead of them.
Nevertheless, do not count the Chargers out of any game. Philip Rivers loves playing against better teams. He loves the competition.
There is going to be some difficult games for San Diego, but here are five must-see games of 2012.
Make sure to answer the questions at the bottom of each slide in the comments!
The Chargers had an outstanding free agency. Yet, it's still overshadowed by the loss of big offensive weapon Vincent Jackson. Jackson signed a 5 year, $55.55 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Chargers will go into this season without their top receiver who led in receptions and touchdowns. Questions are surrounding Jackson and whether or not he can play at the same level he has in previous years with Josh Freeman at quarterback.
On November 11th, San Diego will find out first hand.
It's gonna be weird seeing Jackson play for another team. This game will be highly watched by Chargers fans, especially the ones who didn't want to see him go. It's time to move on. It's gonna be an interesting game between the two teams.
Who'll make a bigger impact: Vincent Jackson or Robert Meachem?
San Diego returns to Monday Night Football once again to open the season. They will start the year exactly how they ended last season, and how they will end this season as well; against the Oakland Raiders.
It's safe to say that the Raiders are the Chargers biggest rival. For years, during the LaDainian Tomlinson era, San Diego dismantled Oakland every time they played them. Lately it's been a different story. The games between these two teams have been tough, aggressive and competitive.
Every time the Chargers are on prime-time, it's a must-see game. This will surely be a great game to watch.
Who will make a bigger statement in week one: Darren McFadden or Ryan Mathews?
This is one of the many defenses the Chargers need to be ready for. San Diego needs to be ready for anything with the Ravens, on both sides of the ball. They can hurt you in so many ways. Whether it's Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, Ray Lewis, Torrey Smith, Ed Reed, etc. This team has weapons.
One weapon that they no longer have is Jarret Johnson. The great news about that is he will still be playing in this game, with the Chargers.
Last year, the Chargers defeated the Ravens 34-14. San Diego was flowing on all cylinders during this game. Philip Rivers played very well, which allowed the Chargers to put up points against the Ravens defense. Baltimore will be looking for revenge this season.
This game starts a tough stretch for San Diego, and they would like momentum moving forward.
Who will get more sacks: Ravens or Chargers?
Bad News: The Chargers have to play the Steelers.
The Steelers. This is definitely one of the most difficult teams to face. San Diego always has trouble when playing them. They know how to cause problems for other teams.
Worse News: It's in December.
The Chargers are not used to playing in cold conditions at all. This game will be VERY cold. It may even be snowing, or have snow on the field. Pittsburgh loves that this game was scheduled so late in the year. They will have a huge advantage over the Chargers. Philip Rivers, after playing against the Ravens and Bengals, will face the best defense in the league.
From the 2004 draft, which Quarterback will have a better game: Philip Rivers or Ben Roethlisberger?
Two of the best offenses in the league will put on a show in this game. Drew Brees, a former Charger, is known to put up points, especially with the weapons he has. One of those weapons is Darren Sproles, another former Charger. It will be the first game he plays against the Chargers.
On the other hand, Philip Rivers is also known to put up points. He has many weapons as well, including Robert Meachem, a former Saint. It will be his first game he plays against New Orleans.
This game should be called the reunion game. Be ready for a shootout between the two quarterbacks.
Which player will have a better game against his former team: Darren Sproles or Robert Meachem?
Just to give you an understanding on where Philip Rivers stands on Peyton Manning going to the Broncos, read what he had to say before Manning made his decision here.
Tebow Time is over, Manning Mania has just began.
Who will have a better game: Philip Rivers or Peyton Manning?