The Nationwide Soccer League unveiled its full schedule for the 2020 season on Thursday, with the Los Angeles Chargers opening the common season on Sunday, Sept. 13 in Cincinnati in opposition to the Bengals. The Bolts will christen their new SoFi Stadium residence the next week on Sunday, Sept. 20 in opposition to the AFC West-rival Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. Los Angeles will even shut out the common season in opposition to the Chiefs in Kansas Metropolis, marking the primary time since 2014 – and simply the 13th time in group historical past – that the season opener and finale are on the highway.
Along side the schedule launch, the Chargers will maintain an unique presale of choose single-game tickets for Season Ticket Members from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm PT. Public on-sale of choose single-game tickets begins at 6:00 pm PT on chargers.com/tickets.
With a document of 33-27 in season openers, the Chargers face off with Cincinnati in an opener for the fourth time. The Bolts are 3-Zero in season openers in opposition to the Bengals and most lately opened the 2002 marketing campaign in Cincinnati, profitable 34-6. Total, the group owns a 20-14 all-time regular-season document in opposition to the Bengals.
Los Angeles will make its regular-season debut at SoFi Stadium in Week 2 in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, the sixth residence opener in historical past in opposition to the division foe and the second time in three seasons. The Bolts have gained 9 of the final 16 residence video games in opposition to Kansas Metropolis and look to construct on their 55 all-time regular-season wins in opposition to the Chiefs, essentially the most in opposition to anybody group.
The Chargers comply with up with one other residence recreation because the Carolina Panthers grow to be the primary NFC opponent Los Angeles will face in SoFi Stadium. Los Angeles final hosted Carolina in September 2008 for the season opener.
In Weeks Four and 5, the Bolts journey to a pair of NFC South opponents within the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, going through the latter on Monday Night time Soccer. Los Angeles is 8-Three all-time in opposition to Tampa Bay, 5-1 in highway video games and 5-Zero in opposition to the Buccaneers when scoring 25 or extra factors. The Chargers personal a 7-5 document in opposition to the Saints, with the Oct. 12 matchup marking the primary between the 2 groups on a Monday evening.
Los Angeles returns residence the next week to face off with the New York Jets. Winners of three-straight video games in opposition to the Jets, the Bolts personal a 22-12-1 document within the sequence. The Chargers posted the sequence’ solely shutout of their final residence contest in opposition to New York in 2015, profitable 31-0.
The Bolts head again throughout the nation in Week 7, this time to South Florida, to play the Miami Dolphins for the second time in as many seasons. Within the matchup final 12 months, Los Angeles defeated the Dolphins 30-10 – the biggest margin of victory within the sequence since 1993.
The Chargers return to Los Angeles for a pair of residence video games earlier than the bye week, first taking part in the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8. The Bolts have gained all 4 residence matchups of their sequence with Jacksonville and have squared off with the Jaguars eight instances within the final 10 seasons. Every week later, Los Angeles faces the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium. The Chargers have defeated the Raiders in 12 of their previous 17 residence video games.
The Bolts return to the highway for back-to-back video games in opposition to the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Payments after the Week 10 bye. Los Angeles performs in Denver following the bye for the second-straight 12 months. The Chargers are driving a four-game profitable streak in opposition to Buffalo, together with two highway video games.
Los Angeles then hosts a pair of video games in opposition to the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. The Bolts and Pats have break up the final 4 Chargers residence video games within the sequence whereas Los Angeles snapped a six-game skid in opposition to Atlanta of their most up-to-date assembly with a 33-30 additional time victory in 2016.
In Week 15, the Bolts head to Las Vegas for the primary time to tackle the Raiders. It’ll mark back-to-back seasons with a Thursday Night time Soccer matchup between the groups and the eighth such assembly in historical past. The Chargers have gained two of their final three matchups on Thursday and have an 8-Eight document all-time on Thursday nights.
Los Angeles closes out the house schedule by internet hosting the Denver Broncos in Week 16 on both Saturday, Dec. 26 or Sunday, Dec. 27. The precise date, time and community shall be introduced after Week 8. The Bolts have a house document of 34-26 in opposition to the Broncos, scoring at the least 20 factors in 10 of the final 14 matchups. Los Angeles has a Saturday-night document of 2-2.
The common season concludes at Arrowhead Stadium with the Bolts going through the Chiefs on Sunday, Jan. 3. The Chargers look to win at Kansas Metropolis for the second time in three seasons. It is the second-straight season that Los Angeles’s season finale comes on the highway in opposition to the Chiefs.
Along with the 2020 regular-season schedule announcement, the Bolts’ preseason opponents have additionally been finalized. The Chargers once more are slated to play 4 NFC groups, together with three from the NFC West. The Bolts open SoFi Stadium within the first week of the preseason in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys. Los Angeles owns a 9-7 preseason document in opposition to Dallas, profitable the final 4 matchups within the sequence, together with three at residence.
In Week 2 of the preseason, the Chargers host the Rams in what would be the 38th preseason assembly between the groups. The Bolts gained the final preseason matchup with the Rams on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2017, 21-19, and maintain a 19-18 all-time benefit within the preseason.
Los Angeles heads north to face Seattle for the third preseason recreation. The Bolts have squared off in opposition to the Seahawks 17 instances within the preseason. The matchup marks the primary preseason recreation between the 2 to happen within the Pacific Northwest since 2014.
The preseason as soon as once more wraps up with a visit to San Francisco to play the 49ers. The Chargers face off with their most frequent preseason opponent for the 34th-consecutive 12 months. Los Angeles has posted 22 wins in opposition to the 49ers, the group’s most wins in opposition to a single preseason opponent, together with back-to-back victories over the previous two years.
at Cincinnati, Solar., Sept. 13, 1:05 p.m. PT (CBS) – The sport will mark the primary time that Chargers have performed in Cincinnati since 2015. The Chargers are 20-14 in opposition to the Bengals, together with 9-7 on the highway. The Bolts clinched the 2009 AFC West title with a 27-24 Week 15 win over Cincinnati. The groups have break up a pair of postseason matchups, most lately a Chargers 27-10 victory within the 2013 AFC Wild Card spherical.
vs. Kansas Metropolis, Solar., Sept. 20, 1:25 p.m. PT (CBS) – The Chargers have gained 9 of the previous 16 residence video games in opposition to the Chiefs, with an all-time regular-season residence document of 31-27-1. Los Angeles’ 55 regular-season wins in opposition to the Chiefs are its most in opposition to any group. In 1993, The Chargers hosted an AFC Wild Card matchup in opposition to the Chiefs, a 17-Zero victory for the Bolts in the one postseason showdown with Kansas Metropolis.
vs. Carolina, Solar., Sept. 27, 1:05 p.m. PT (CBS) – Los Angeles hosts the Panthers for simply the fourth time in historical past and first since 2012. Within the final matchup, at Carolina in 2016, then-rookie Hunter Henry caught his sixth landing of the season, making him the fourth tight finish since 1990 to have six receiving scores within the first 12 video games of a profession.
at Tampa Bay, Solar. Oct. 4, 10:00 a.m. PT (CBS) – With a regular-season document of 8-3 (.727) in opposition to the Buccaneers, the Bolts face off in opposition to the group they’ve the most effective profitable share in opposition to. Los Angeles holds a 5-1 document in Tampa. Within the all-time sequence, the Chargers are 5-Zero when scoring 25-plus factors.
at New Orleans, Mon., Oct. 12, 5:15 p.m. PT (ESPN) – The Chargers face the Saints for the 13th time in historical past, boasting a 7-5 all-time benefit. Sometimes high-scoring affairs, Los Angeles has eclipsed 30 factors in three of the final 4 video games. The October matchup is simply the third between the groups in New Orleans since 1997. It marks the first-ever matchup between the groups on Monday Night time Soccer and the second prime time contest (Sunday Night time Soccer on Oct. 7, 2012).
vs. New York Jets, Solar., Oct. 18, 1:05 p.m. PT (CBS) – For the primary time since 2014, Los Angeles will host the New York Jets. In that Oct. 5, 2014 bout, the Chargers posted the one shutout in sequence historical past, a 31-Zero win that noticed Antonio Gates catch a pair of landing passes for the 17th time in his profession. The Bolts have an all-time document of 22-12-1 in opposition to the Jets, together with wins within the final three matchups and 5 of the final six.
at Miami, Solar., Oct. 25, 10:00 a.m. PT (CBS) – Los Angeles performs in Miami for the second time in as many seasons, the second time the Chargers play in South Florida in back-to-back years, with the one different time being the 2013 and ’14 seasons. Final season, Los Angeles gained 30-10 in September, the biggest margin of victory for the Bolts in Miami and the biggest within the sequence since registering a 25-point residence win in 1993.
vs. Jacksonville, Solar., Nov. 1, 1:05 p.m. PT (CBS) – The Week Eight matchup marks the 12th assembly in sequence historical past. The Bolts have gained eight of the 11 earlier matchups, together with all 4 residence video games, eclipsing 30 factors in every contest. Los Angeles gained final season’s bout in Jacksonville by 35 factors behind the 100-yard speeding and 100-yard receiving effort from operating again Austin Ekeler.
vs. Las Vegas, Solar., Nov. 8, 1:05 p.m. PT (FOX) – The Chargers have gained 12 of the previous 17 residence contests in opposition to the Raiders, scoring 20-plus factors in all however 5 of these matchups. Los Angeles continued that development in 2018 with a 16-point residence win in Week 5. The Chargers’ 2,596 all-time regular-season factors in opposition to the Raiders are essentially the most in opposition to any group.
at Denver, Solar., Nov. 22, 1:05 p.m. PT (CBS) – Together with a 14-point Los Angeles victory within the 2018 regular-season finale, the Bolts look to win in Denver for 2 out of three seasons for the primary time since 2013. Eight of the final 10 matchups within the Mile Excessive Metropolis have been determined by one rating, together with 4 of them by lower than seven factors.
at Buffalo, Solar., Nov. 29, 10:00 a.m. PT (CBS) – Winners of four-straight video games in opposition to the Payments, Los Angeles visits Buffalo for the second time in three seasons. Over that four-game streak, the Chargers have picked off 10 Payments go makes an attempt. The Bolts are 11-5-1 in Buffalo, profitable the final matchup in 2018, 31-20.
vs. New England, Solar., Dec. 6, 1:25 p.m. PT (CBS) – The Week 13 matchup would be the Chargers’ first residence recreation in opposition to New England since 2014. The previous AFL foes have break up the final 4 Chargers residence video games within the sequence. The Bolts defeated the Patriots for the 1963 AFL title in a 41-point rout that noticed operating again Keith Lincoln submit professional soccer’s lone postseason efficiency with 200 speeding yards and 100 receiving yards.
vs. Atlanta, Solar., Dec. 13, 1:25 p.m. PT (FOX) – In December, Los Angeles faces off with the Falcons for the 11th time in sequence historical past and the seventh time in California. In the latest matchup in 2016, the Bolts went on the highway to defeat the eventual NFC Champions by three factors in an additional time affair that noticed linebacker Denzel Perryman voted as Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week. Video games between the groups have sometimes been shut as seven of the 10 video games in sequence historical past have been determined by one rating.
at Las Vegas, Thurs., Dec. 17, 5:20 p.m. PT (FOX/NFL NETWORK/AMAZON) – Los Angeles will play the primary recreation in its historical past within the state of Nevada, having gained 11 of the previous 16 video games in opposition to the Raiders on the highway. It is the second-straight 12 months the Bolts matchup with the Raiders on Thursday Night time Soccer and can mark the eighth such recreation between the groups.
vs. Denver, Sat., Dec. 26 or Solar., Dec. 27, Time TBD (TBD) – The Bolts holds a 34-26 regular-season residence document in opposition to Denver. Los Angeles beat Denver at residence in 2017, 21-0, marking the primary time Denver was shutout since 1992. The Chargers have posted 20-plus factors in 10 of the previous 14 residence contests in opposition to the Broncos, together with three of the final 4.
at Kansas Metropolis, Solar., Jan. 3, 10:00 a.m. PT (CBS) – The Chargers look to win in Kansas Metropolis for the second time in three seasons. Los Angeles’ 14-point come-from-behind win in 2018 on Thursday Night time Soccer was the group’s largest second-half comeback at Kansas Metropolis since overcoming an 18-point deficit in December 2008. Six of the previous 10 video games at Arrowhead Stadium have been determined by seven or fewer factors.
ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE NOTES…
Season Opener Notes – The Bolts open the season on the highway in opposition to Cincinnati, the fourth time going through the Bengals ever in a season opener. The Chargers boast a 3-Zero document in season openers in opposition to the Bengals, final profitable a highway recreation to open the 2002 season, 34-6. The Chargers have a 33-27 document in season openers, together with a 16-18 mark when the season-opening contest is performed on the highway.
Season Finale Notes – Los Angeles closes the season at Kansas Metropolis, marking the 13th season finale in opposition to the Chiefs and the sixth to happen in Kansas Metropolis. The groups squared off within the season finale final 12 months in Kansas Metropolis, the place vast receiver Keenan Allen broke the single-season group document for receptions. The Bolts have closed the season on the highway 25 instances, going 9-16 in these video games. Los Angeles has an all-time regular-season finale document of 30-30.
Bye Week Notes – The Chargers have the bye week in Week 10 for the seventh time for the reason that open date was re-instituted into NFL schedules in 1990. It is going to be the second-straight 12 months, and sixth time in historical past, that Los Angeles performs in opposition to Denver following the bye. Since being re-instituted in 1990, the Chargers have gone 14-16 in video games following the bye week.