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Chargers 2020 Schedule Out, Home Opener Vs Champion Chiefs

The Bolts 2020 schedule is out, and the team will open up on the road against first overall pick Joe Burrow and the Bengals.

In week two the team will play the Chiefs at home as they open their new stadium. Here’s the complete schedule for 2020.

at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday, Sept. 13, 1:05 p.m. PT
Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:25 p.m. PT
Carolina Panthers – Sunday, Sept. 27, 1:05 p.m. PT
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. PT
at New Orleans Saints – Monday, Oct. 12, 5:15 p.m. PT*
New York Jets – Sunday, Oct. 18, 1:05 p.m. PT
at Miami Dolphins – Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. PT
Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, Nov. 1, 1:05 p.m. PT
Las Vegas Raiders – Sunday, Nov. 8, 1:05 p.m. PT
BYE
at Denver Broncos – Sunday, Nov. 22, 1:05 p.m. PT
at Buffalo Bills – Sunday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. PT
New England Patriots – Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:25 p.m. PT
Atlanta Falcons – Sunday, Dec. 13, 1:25 p.m. PT
at Las Vegas Raiders, Thursday, Dec. 17, 5:20 p.m. PT*
Denver Broncos, Dec. 26 or 27, time TBD
at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m. PT

*Denotes prime-time game

An Educated Guess at What the 2020 Chargers Schedule Could Look Like

The 2020 Los Angeles Chargers schedule will be released in a televised event on Thursday night, and while we already know who the Chargers will go up against and where, we don’t know in what order, or what may or may not be on prime time.

Here are the teams the Chargers will play:

Home: Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars
Away: Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers, Bengals

Today we give a reminder of the teams that we will see the Chargers in the 2020 season, and we give our guess in what order we will see them in.

(A quick sidebar – we are moving forward with this schedule as if the season will start and play out on time, with no issues due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Sunday 9/13 Week One vs Denver
Sunday 9/20 Week Two at Buffalo
Sunday 9/27 Week Three vs Atlanta
Sunday 10/4 Week Four at Cincinnati
Sunday 10/11 Week Five at Las Vegas
Thursday 10/14 Week Six vs New England (Thursday Night Football)
Sunday 10/25 Week Seven vs New York Jets
Sunday 11/01 Week Eight at New Orleans
Sunday 11/08 Week Nine BYE WEEK
Sunday 11/15 Week Ten at Miami
Sunday 11/22 Week Eleven vs Las Vegas
Sunday 11/30 Week Twelve vs Carolina
Sunday 12/06 Week Thirteen at Denver
Sunday 12/13 Week Fourteen vs Kansas City
Sunday 12/20 Week Fifteen at Tampa Bay
Sunday 12/27 Week Sixteen vs Jacksonville
Sunday 01/03 Week Seventeen at Kansas City

Pep Hamilton Joining the Chargers as the Team’s New QB Coach

The Chargers are hiring Pep Hamilton as quarterbacks coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told Joe Reedy of the Associated Press.

The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by The Athletic, has not been officially announced by the team.

Hamilton was head coach of the XFL’s DC Defenders before the league ended its season after five weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The XFL announced a couple of weeks later that it was suspending operations. Prior to joining the XFL, Hamilton was Michigan’s assistant head coach and passing game coordinator in 2017-18.

Hamilton’s last NFL job was in Cleveland as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach in 2016. He was also Indianapolis’ offensive coordinator for three seasons (2013-15) along with previous stints with the New York Jets, San Francisco, Chicago and at Stanford.

Chargers Snag QB of the Future in Oregon’s Justin Herbert in Round One of NFL Draft

With Philip Rivers gone to Indy, the Bolts needed a QB badly as relying on Tyrod Taylor long term is just not the answer for the team.

The team on Thursday went with a QB with the 6th pick in the draft, taking Oregon QB Justin Herbert who they hope can step in as the new franchise QB.

Lindsey Thiry of ESPN wrote about the Bolts motivation to take the QB in the first round:

The Chargers needed a quarterback after Philip Rivers departed in free agency after 16 seasons. After the Dolphins selected Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 pick, it became almost certain the Chargers would take Herbert at No. 6. A proven winner at Oregon, Herbert has great arm strength and is agile outside of the pocket. From the 2018 to 2019 season, Herbert had the sixth-highest increase in completion percentage, jumping from 59% to 67%. He joins an offense that has established weapons in receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, as well as tight end Hunter Henry.

Here is CBS Sports’ reaction to Herbert going with the 6th pick to the Chargers:

Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Chargers are Favored in 7 Games in 2020

The 2019 Chargers season was for the most part a disaster, as the team went 5-11 and will enter the 2020 season minus QB Philip Rivers who is now in Indy.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Chargers will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the rundown on what the site expects for Los Angeles in 2020.

Los Angeles Chargers +5½ @ Buffalo Bills
Los Angeles Chargers -1½ @ Cincinnati Bengals
Los Angeles Chargers +2½ @ Denver Broncos
Los Angeles Chargers +10½ @ Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers +1 @ Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers pk @ Miami Dolphins
Los Angeles Chargers +10 @ New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Chargers +6 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Atlanta Falcons @ Los Angeles Chargers -2½
Carolina Panthers @ Los Angeles Chargers -6½
Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers -2½
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Los Angeles Chargers -7
Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers +5½
Las Vegas Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers -4
New England Patriots @ Los Angeles Chargers pk
New York Jets @ Los Angeles Chargers -4

Chargers Unveil New Uniforms for the 2020 Season

There have been plenty of rumors about the Chargers changing colors and their uniform scheme starting for the 2020 season, and Tuesday morning as fans woke up they were hit with a tweet showing off just how the team is going to look for this season and beyond.

The home set of uniforms will go back to the past with the powder blue unis, while white will still be the color of choice on the road.

What do you think of the new look for the Bolts? Leave us a comment or go to our Facebook page and leave a comment there as well!

Chargers Have Virtual Meeting with Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts

The Packers and Chargers continue to do due diligence on quarterback draft prospects, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Packers and Chargers have both had virtual meetings with Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, per sources informed of the situation.

Hurts is not expected to be in the top tier of quarterbacks taken during next week’s draft, but his dual-threat ability makes him an intriguing prospect in today’s NFL.

In three seasons at Alabama and one at OU, Hurts threw for 9,477 yards, completed 65.1 percent of his passes, tossed 80 TDs to 20 INTs and added 3,274 rushing yards and 43 more scores.

The Packers have been kicking around the idea of drafting a quarterback who can sit a few years behind Aaron Rodgers before taking over. Hurts has an enticing skill set but could use seasoning in his anticipation and reading defenses. Learning from Rodgers could be an ideal landing spot.

The Chargers seem destined to pluck a quarterback early in the draft, but if the top signal-callers are all off the board when they pick at No. 6, L.A. could wait until later in the draft to secure a future QB while riding Tyrod Taylor for a year or more.

Hunter Henry Set to Ink Bolts Franchise Tag for 2020

Chargers tight end Hunter Henry is signing his franchise tag today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Michael Peterson of Boltsfromtheblue.com.

Henry, one of the brightest young stars at the tight end position, is coming off playing in 12 games in 2019 where he set career-highs in passes caught and receiving yards with 55 and 652, respectively. Henry missed four games after suffering a tibia plateau fracture during their week one match-up with the Indianapolis Colts.

Henry enters his fifth year in the NFL but missed the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL. That was a huge letdown for the team as it was slated to be his first as the true #1 tight end following the team’s decision to not bring back Antonio Gates prior to his injury.

Up to this point, Henry has amassed 136 catches for 1,709 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has yet to play in all 16 games of a regular season. His career-high is 15 games while splitting time with Gates as a rookie in 2016.