How a schedule is put together can be a factor in how a team performs in any given season. The opponents are predetermined, but the order can also be a factor.
The San Diego Chargers lost to the Houston Texans in Week 1 of 2013, a team that won its first two games and then lost its next 14 in a row. Adjustments have to be made, and teams sometimes don't find their identity until they have played a few games together.
Teams with new schemes are still learning, while teams with old schemes are trying to keep their schemes fresh so opponents can't find tendencies to exploit. Playing the toughest game of the year off a bye week can be a benefit, while playing tough games back to back can be a detriment.
Teams such as the Chargers from the West Coast traveling to the Eastern time zone can also be difficult. The Chargers play the AFC East teams this year, so two trips to the East Coast are on the schedule.
Here's how the schedule might impact the Chargers in 2014 and an early prediction on how those games might pan out.