In hopes of getting fans excited about the possibility of the lockout ending and football actually being played this season, the NFL announced the preseason schedule for 2011-2012.
After failing to make the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, the San Diego Chargers will be looking to turn around the misfortunes of last season. They will get a chance to show off their preseason goods in front of a nationally-televised audience.
According to the preseason schedule released today on NFL.com, The Chargers are set to host the Seattle Seahawks in prime time on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN during the first week of NFL action.
This contest will be a rematch of a game last season that Chargers' fans would love to forget.
After coming off a home-opener win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chargers traveled to Qwest Field in hopes dominating a sub-par Seahawks team and hopes of shaking those infamous slow-start ghosts.
However, that wouldn't be the case. The Seahawks would capitalize on the special teams' woes of the Chargers. Kick returner/running back Leon Washington would return the opening kickoff of the second half 101 yards for a touchdown, and would later return another kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, essentially delivering the final nail in the coffin for the Chargers' hopes of a comeback.
There was a small bright side to the Chargers' loss though: Quarterback Philip Rivers passed for a career high 455 yards.
While fans are hopeful that there will be football this season, and the release of the preseason schedule gives fans something to look forward to, Chargers fans have to wonder if they will actually be able to view Chargers home games on television this season.
For the first time since Nov. 7, 2004, Chargers fans were subjected to local television blackouts, because the team failed to sell enough seats in order to lift the blackout. The Chargers had not lost a regular season or postseason game to a blackout in their previous 44 games.
Granted, the Chargers ended up selling out Qualcomm Stadium after a blackout was announced, because San Diego wanted to see its hometown team play.
The question fans have to ask themselves is.... Do they really want to pay $97 per ticket to watch their favorite team get off to another slow start?