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Chargers get chills from '06 slate

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.nctimes.com/articles/2006/04/07/sports/professional/chargers/22_39_294_6_06.txt">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    SAN DIEGO ---- The NFL's Southern California sunshine boys will need to bundle up this season.

    The Chargers learned their 2006 schedule on Thursday, and it might have them reaching for their mittens. Four of the team's final seven games ---- a stretch when the Chargers hope to be pushing for their second playoff berth since 1995 ---- will be in teeth-rattling cities.

    "That's going to be pretty fun,'' running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "It's a first for me, four cold games like that.''
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    The Chargers, a third-place team at 9-7 last year, are at Cincinnati on Nov. 11, followed by a Nov. 19 visit to Denver. After a home date against the Raiders on Nov. 26, the Chargers will button their coats and head to Buffalo for a Dec. 3 matchup.

    Christmas Eve has the Chargers in Seattle facing the NFC champion Seahawks ---- the team's lone road game in their last four contests. In the final month, the Broncos (Dec. 10), Chiefs (Dec. 17) and Cardinals (Dec. 31) will visit Qualcomm Stadium, where the Chargers managed just a 4-4 mark last year.

    The schedule's first month presents a chance for the Chargers to start fast.

    They open on Sept. 11 against the host Raiders in the second game of the first "Monday Night Football" doubleheader on ESPN. The Raiders finished 4-12 last year.

    The home opener is Sept. 17 against the Tennessee Titans, who produced a 4-12 stinker of a season in 2005. The Chargers have their bye in Week 3, then go to Baltimore to engage the Ravens, fresh from a 6-10 season.

    When the bye arrives is what raises Tomlinson's eyebrows. It's the earliest bye week for the Chargers since 2001, when they were off in Week 2.

    "That's the only thing about the schedule that is not pleasing, that early bye week,'' said Tomlinson, who has battled nagging injuries toward the end of the past two seasons. "That means we are going to have to play 14 games straight without a bye and then, maybe, right into the playoffs. Hopefully, we get another bye then, after the regular season."

    After the Ravens, the Chargers enter a five-game stretch that features just one 2005 playoff squad ---- but it's the world champion Pittsburgh Steelers, on Oct. 8 in a nationally televised Sunday night game on NBC.

    For the second straight year, the Chargers will wrestle with both of the previous season's Super Bowl participants.

    Last year, the Chargers ended New England's 21-home game winning streak by routing the Patriots 41-17. But the Chargers fell in Philadelphia when the Eagles returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown in the closing minutes to score a 20-17 victory.

    "That will be good for us,'' said Tomlinson on playing the Steelers and Seahawks. "It'll be a good test to see where we are."

    The Chargers are still awaiting the times and dates of three exhibition games. They'll face the Packers and Seahawks at home and go to San Francisco. One preseason game is set ---- their Aug. 18 trek to Chicago to play the Bears.
     

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