With the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, The Los Angeles Chargers’ regular-season opponents for 2018 are as follows:
* Indicates a 2017 Playoff contender
The official 2018 Chargers schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring. The NFL likes to make that release a ‘special day,’ adding some interest to the spring between Free Agency, the Draft, and personnel changes.
How is the NFL Schedule created?
According to the 2015 NFL Record & Fact Book, The NFL most recently expanded to 32 teams in 2002, a change that involved revisiting scheduling as a whole. In addition to adding the Texans, the NFL realigned for the first time since 1970 (into eight divisions of four teams each) and the scheduling formula that was introduced guaranteed for the first time that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis. This also allows fans to map out future matchups as the current season unfolds.
Under the NFL scheduling formula, every team within a division plays 16 games as follows:
- Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).
- The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).
- The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).
- Two intra-conference games based on the prior year’s standings (2 games). These games will match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference will be matched in the same way each year.
Despite what many sports blogs might tell you, there really isn’t a lot to glean from knowing future opponents. Speaking in general terms, though, the Chargers have a very challenging road schedule next year.
-Jason “Road Scholar” Michaels