A member of the AFC West, the toughest division in all of football, the Los Angeles Chargers have the No. 3 ranked hardest schedule for 2017. Having to play each divisional opponent twice during the regular season led to the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Chargers, and Oakland Raiders rounding out the top four in sequential order.
CBS recently released the strength of schedule for 2017 and the combined opponents record for the Chargers will be 145-110-1 (.568). By comparison the team turned an opponent winning percentage of .508 (130-126) last year into a 5-11 record.
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Not an eye-popping number but considering only 15 percentage points separate first and last the upcoming season will be considerably more difficult, on paper. Los Angeles is also one of two teams that will play eight games against teams that won 10-plus games last year. Add in the Chargers orchestrating a franchise move north from San Diego with the amount of travel the team will endure and it doesn’t get any easier.
Los Angeles will travel to the east coast on four different occasions unless the NFL grants them back to back games and the team chooses to stay. Faced with a similar situation last season both the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers remained out west for consecutive games.
The Chargers visit the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, New York Jets, New York Giants, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to opponent win percentage the Indianapolis Colts have the easiest schedule facing a combined 107-146-3 (.424) opponent record.
View the full NFL strength of schedule rankings here.