At first glimpse of the San Diego Chargers schedule, Chargers fans must be wondering what the NFL was thinking. On the other hand, I believe this is what the Chargers need in order to shake those slow-start skeletons.
Three of the Chargers' first four games will be at home and of those four games, two of those are against teams with losing records in 2010. The cumulative record of the Chargers' opponents is 133-123-0, making their schedule the ninth-hardest for the 2011 season.
On top of that, the Chargers will have to travel a grand total of 26,740 miles this season, making three trips to the Midwest and three trips to the East Coast.
San Diego will one again find itself playing in front of nationally televised audiences in prime time. The Chargers will be featured in two Monday Night Football road games, a Thursday Night Football game at home and a Football Night in America game on Sunday night at home.
If the Chargers can get off to a quick start and keep their players healthy for the entire season, then once again the Bolts will find themselves in the running to collect their fifth AFC West division title in six years.