Most of the team's competition will come from within its own division, after the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs made improvements in the offseason. However, there are a few matchups outside the division that are worth noting.
New head coach Mike McCoy took in the release of the schedule, but his reaction was no different from any other head coach preparing for a new season:
McCoy: "It's exciting to finally see the schedule. Every yr the schedule presents a long list of challenges, & this yr is no different."— San Diego Chargers (@chargers) April 19, 2013
While the Chargers may have an easy schedule statistically, this team is still adjusting to the recent changes within the organization, so a playoff run may be a bit of reach in McCoy's first run, even though he has a talented group at his disposal.