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Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <strong>August 10, 2005</strong>
    Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/gameday/">Chargers.com</a>

    The San Diego Chargers will begin the defense of their AFC West championship when they open the 2005 preseason in Green Bay against Mike Sherman and the Green Bay Packers at historic Lambeau Field.

    The game will be broadcast to a national television audience on ESPN with Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire calling the action, and Suzy Kolber reporting from the sidelines. Kickoff is 5:00 p.m. PDT.

    This is only the second preseason meeting between the Chargers and Packers. The teams met in 1980 in the NFL Hall of Game in Canton, Ohio, but the game was stopped due to severe weather conditions with 9:17 left to play in the fourth quarter and the score tied at 0-0.

    The Chargers are in a unique situation in 2005. They are the only team in the NFL that returns all 22 starters on offense and defense, plus their punter, kicker and long snapper.

    The experience will be invaluable in 2005 as the Bolts set out on the difficult road the NFL has paved. Including the preseason, San Diego will play a total of 10 games against 2004 playoff teams. Seven of those contests will take place during the regular season.

    The winning percentage of the Chargers' 16 regular-season opponents is .531, tied with Buffalo and Baltimore and giving San Diego the fifth-toughest schedule in the league.

    There is no doubt the schedule is most difficult away from home. Five of the Chargers eight road opponents during the regular season were in the playoffs last season, including NFC champion Philadelphia and two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England. The winning percentage of the Chargers' eight regular season road opponents is a staggering .578, tied for second-toughest in the league with Cleveland.

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