Los Angeles Chargers 2022 Schedule: Dates, Times and Analysis

The Los Angeles Chargers enter 2022 on the heels of a 9-8 record in 2021, a year that saw their playoff hopes crumble over time, culminating in a Week 18 overtime loss against the Las Vegas Raiders.
With last year’s frustration behind them, the Chargers are looking to achieve greater consistency and a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

Led by third-year quarterback Justin Herbert, the Chargers possess one of the strongest offenses in the NFL and stand ready to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. With skill and poise that belies his age (he’s 24), Herbert has been phenomenal since entering the league, throwing for 5,014 yards and 38 touchdowns last season.

Defensively, Los Angeles was busy this offseason, looking to bolster a unit that netted 27.0 points per game (third-worst in the NFL) while giving up an ominous 138.9 yards rushing per game. The Bolts acquired veteran point Khalil Mack and added more experience with the signing of linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The secondary received a much-needed boost with the signing of New England Patriots corner JC Jackson.

The highly competitive AFC West Division became even more so this offseason, highlighted by the Las Vegas Raiders’ acquisition of former Green Bay Packer All-World wide receiver Davante Adams and Denver Broncos trading for Seattle Seahawks All-Pro quarterback Russell Wilson. It all adds up to an exciting end-to-end battle in the playoff race.

For the Chargers, the 2022 schedule represents a true test of their offseason work, with the Bolts facing five of the league’s top ten offenses. The calendar appears to have two distinct halves. Weeks 1-9 look, at least on paper, to be much easier than Weeks 10-18, with the Chargers taking on Jacksonville, Houston, Seattle and Atlanta. From there, things get complicated and if the Chargers are to take another step forward this season, a terrific first half would seem to be in order.

With playoff hopes high, here’s a deeper dive into the road ahead for the Chargers.

Week 1 vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Date: Sunday September 11

Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

Los Angeles welcomes division rival Las Vegas to kick off its 2022 campaign, reconnecting with the Raiders, who qualified for the playoffs last year with a 35-32 overtime win over the Chargers in a thriller of the Week 18. Had that game ended in a tie, both teams would have headed to the playoffs. In that context, the addition of former Green Bay star receiver Davonte Adams to the Raiders’ offensive lineup turns this game into another high-octane affair.

Week 2 @ Kansas City Chiefs

Date: Thursday September 15

Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Schedulers weren’t kind to the Chargers’ return to action Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs’ home opener. The Bolts quieted the raucous Chiefs crowd last year in Week 3, beating the Chiefs 30-24. Herbert threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

Week 3 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Date: Sunday September 25

Time: 4:05 p.m. ET

The Chargers get their first taste of the Jaguars under Doug Pederson, the Philadelphia Eagles’ former Super Bowl-winning head coach. After last season’s 3-14 debacle, there’s nowhere to go but for the Jags, who showed what could happen with their stunning Week 18 upset against the Indianapolis Colts last season. It was undoubtedly a trial by fire for Jags quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and with this season behind him, Jacksonville could be tougher in 2022.

Week 4 @ Houston Texans

Date: Sunday October 2

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

The Chargers will be ready to avenge the devastating and embarrassing loss in Week 16 at the hands of the lowly Houston Texans.

Week 5 @ Cleveland Browns

When: Sunday, October 9

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

The Chargers’ revamped run defense faces a stern test, coming up against the Cleveland Browns’ one-two punch of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Herbert torched the Browns’ defense last season, throwing for 398 yards and four touchdowns in a wild 47-42 Week 5 win at SoFi Stadium. The Browns also moved the ball at will, amassing 531 total yards, 230 coming on the ground.

Week 6 vs. Denver Broncos

Date: monday october 17

Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

The Chargers host the Denver Broncos led by Russell Wilson. The former Seattle Seahawks great takes charge of an offense loaded with young talent. Los Angeles and Denver split their two-game series last season, with the Chargers winning easily at home, 34-13, in Week 17.

Week 7 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Date: Sunday October 23

Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

After facing Wilson and his new team, the Chargers are tangling with his former club, which is looking to rebuild from a 7-10 record last season. The Chargers learned the hard way in 2021 that “any Sunday” you can be knocked down by a supposed lesser opponent.

Week 8 GOODBYE

Week 9 @ Atlanta Falcons

Date: sunday november 6

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

After the goodbye, Chargers coach Brandon Staley and his team had an extra week to prepare in Atlanta, which doesn’t bode well for the Falcons’ rebuild.

Week 10 @ San Francisco 49ers

Date: sunday november 13

Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

An intriguing game of Sunday night football, with the San Francisco 49ers handing over the keys to second-year quarterback Trey Lance.

Week 11 vs Kansas City Chiefs

When: Sunday, November 20

Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

A return engagement with Patrick Mahomes and company at home, at a time when divisional clashes are even more critical. The midseason report on the Chiefs without Tyreek Hill will be here, and that game could mean a lot for both teams’ playoff fortunes.

Week 12 @ Arizona Cardinals

When: Sunday, November 27

Time: 4:05 p.m. ET

A clash between two of the best young quarterbacks in the league as Herbert takes on Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals. This game looms large in what is a decidedly tougher second half of the Chargers’ schedule.

Week 13 @ Las Vegas Raiders

Date: Sunday, December 4

Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

The second and final meeting comes at a time this season when both teams are expected to be in the thick of the hunt for the playoffs.

Week 14 vs. Miami Dolphins

Date: sunday december 11

Time: 4:05 p.m. ET

With the continued maturity of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the addition of former Chiefs gamebreaker Tyreek Hill, the Dolphins should improve dramatically in 2022. This game is shaping up to be a high-scoring affair with implications. in the playoffs for both teams.

Week 15 vs. Tennessee Titans

Date: Sunday, December 18

Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

The Chargers’ run defense is challenged by two of the league’s best rushing attacks over the next two weeks, starting with this home game against Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans. Although Henry missed eight games last year due to injury, the Titans still managed to finish fifth in the NFL in rushing yards en route to capturing the AFC South.

Week 16 @ Indianapolis Colts

Date: Monday, December 26

Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

The Indianapolis Colts are emerging from their own late-season slump in 2021 and are looking to move forward with former Falcons legend Matt Ryan at quarterback. The Chargers, like all teams, face the challenge of stopping All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor, who stomped the league last season with 1,811 rushing yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry to accompany 20 touchdowns in total.

Week 17 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Date: Sunday January 1

Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

More than Los Angeles bragging rights will be on the line for both teams in this New Year’s Eve game. loyal defense of the defending Super Bowl champion LA Rams.

Week 18: @ Denver Broncos

Date: To be determined

Time: To be determined

If Russell Wilson can lead the Broncos into playoff contention, this game could be another late-season bite. The Chargers lost to Denver 28-13 in Week 12 last season.

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