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Chargers' 2006 schedule announced

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2591">Chargers.com</a>

    By Casey Pearce

    The Chargers learned today that they'll be on national television twice during the first five weeks of the regular season and will wrap up their 2006 schedule by playing four of their final six games at home.

    "Good teams, playoff teams, take care of business at home and they take care of business down the stretch," Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith said. "We're excited about the opportunity to be at home late in the season so that we can share that stretch with our fans."

    As previously announced, the Bolts open the season on Monday Night Football against the Raiders in Oakland and the Chargers will appear on NBC's Sunday Night Football on October 8 when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Qualcomm Stadium.

    "We always look forward to playing on national television," cornerback Drayton Florence said. "We weren't happy with the way things went last year against Pittsburgh, but we're excited to get another shot at them on the big stage. The Oakland game is going to be incredible as well."

    The hometown crowd's first regular-season look at the 2006 squad will come against the Tennessee Titans as Jeff Fisher brings his squad to San Diego on September 17. The game figures to be Philip Rivers' first regular-season start at Qualcomm Stadium. On the opposing sideline that day will be Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who held the same position at North Carolina State when Rivers was a freshman in Raleigh.

    San Diego's bye week comes early in 2006 as the break is scheduled for Week 3, the weekend of September 24. Last fall, the Chargers waited until Week 10 for their bye. Oakland and Denver will also have their bye in Week 3 while Denver is off Week 4. Following their bye, the Bolts' first trip to the East Coast comes in Week 4 when they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens on October 1.

    The Chargers return home in Week 5 to face the Steelers before hitting the road in Weeks 6 and 7. The Bolts will face the San Francisco 49ers at Monster Park on October 15 and then travel to Kansas City for an AFC West showdown with the Chiefs on October 22. Consecutive home games will follow the road stand as the Bolts host the St. Louis Rams (October 29) and Cleveland Browns (November 5) in Weeks 8 and 9.

    Week 10 marks the start of the NFL's newly-implemented flexible scheduling system, so there is a possibility that the Chargers could be moved into the Sunday night slot during six of the seven final weeks of the season. Flex scheduling will not take place in Week 12 due to the Thanksgiving schedule.

    On November 12, the Chargers will travel to Cincinnati to face the reigning AFC North champion Bengals. They'll remain on the road in Week 11 as they visit the Denver Broncos.

    "That's going to be a tough stretch," linebacker Shaun Phillips said. "The Bengals have one of the best offenses in the league, and everyone knows what Denver can do. We'll just take them one at a time and see what happens."

    The Chargers will return home Thanksgiving weekend as the Raiders come to San Diego on November 26. A trip to Buffalo to face the Bills on December 3 precedes the Chargers' second two-game home stand of the season. The Bolts will be at Qualcomm on December 10 and 17 to wrap up their AFC West schedule against the Broncos and Chiefs respectively.

    The Bolts' final road game of the 2006 regular season comes in Week 16 as they head to Seattle for a Christmas Eve contest against the defending NFC champion Seahawks. The Chargers return home to close out their schedule on December 31 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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