Los Angeles Chargers 2022 Schedule: Dates, Times, & Analysis

The Los Angeles Chargers enter 2022 on the heels of a 9-8 record in 2021, a year that saw their playoff hopes crumble down the stretch, culminating in a Week 18 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
With the frustration of last year behind them, the Chargers look to achieve greater consistency and a return to the postseason for the first time since 2018.

Led by third-year quarterback Justin Herbert, the Chargers boast one of the NFL’s most high-powered attacks and stand ready to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. With skill and poise that belies his age (he’s 24), Herbert has been phenomenal since entering the league, throwing for 5,014 yards and 38 touchdowns last season.

Defensively, Los Angeles was busy in the offseason, looking to bolster a unit that yielded 27.0 points per game (third-worst in the NFL) while giving up a disturbing 138.9 yards per contest on the ground. The Bolts acquired veteran edge rusher Khalil Mack and added more experience with the signing of linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The secondary received a needed boost with the signing of New England Patriots corner J.C. Jackson.

The highly-competitive AFC West Division became even more so in the offseason, highlighted by the Las Vegas Raiders’ acquisition of former Green Bay Packer All-World receiver Davante Adams and the Denver Broncos trading for Seattle Seahawks All-Pro quarterback Russell Wilson. It all adds up to an exciting wire-to-wire battle in the race to the postseason.

For the Chargers, the 2022 schedule represents a true test of their offseason work, the Bolts face five of the league’s top ten rushing offenses. The schedule appears to have two distinct halves. Weeks 1-9 appear, at least on paper, to be much easier than Weeks 10-18, with the Chargers facing the likes of Jacksonville, Houston, Seattle, and Atlanta. From there, the going gets tougher, and if the Chargers want to take the next step this season, a tremendous first half would appear to be in order.

With playoff hopes running high, here’s a deeper dive into the road ahead for the Chargers.

Week 1 vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Date: Sunday, September 11
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
 
Los Angeles hosts division rival Las Vegas to kick off its 2022 campaign, renewing acquaintances with the Raiders, who advanced to last year’s playoffs with a 35-32 overtime win over the Chargers in a Week 18 thriller. Had that game ended in a tie, both teams would have been headed to the postseason. To that backdrop, adding former Green Bay elite receiver Davonte Adams to the Raiders’ offensive weaponry shapes this game into another high-octane affair.

Week 2 @ Kansas City Chiefs 

Date: Thursday, September 15 
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
 
The schedule makers were not kind having the Chargers swing right back into action on Thursday night football at Arrowhead Stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs home opener. The Bolts quieted the raucous Chiefs crowd last year in Week 3, downing the Chiefs 30-24. Herbert threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns in the victory.

Week 3 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Date: Sunday, September 25
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
 
The Chargers get an early look at the Jaguars under former Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson. After last season’s 3-14 debacle, there is nowhere to go but up for the Jags, who flashed what may lie ahead with their stunning Week 18 upset of the Indianapolis Colts last season. It was undoubtedly trial by fire for Jags quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and with that season behind him, Jacksonville may be a tougher out in 2022.

Week 4 @ Houston Texans 

Date: Sunday, October 2
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
 
The Chargers will be out to avenge last year’s devastating, embarrassing Week 16 defeat at the hands of the lowly Houston Texans.

Week 5 @ Cleveland Browns

Date: Sunday, October 9
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
 
The Chargers’ revamped run defense faces a stern test, squaring off against the Cleveland Browns’ one-two punch of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Herbert torched the Browns’ defense last season, throwing for 398 yards and four touchdowns in a wild 47-42 Week 5 victory at SoFi Stadium. The Browns also moved the ball at will, amassing 531 total yards, 230 coming on the ground.

Week 6 vs. Denver Broncos

Date: Monday, October 17
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
 
The Chargers host the Russell Wilson-led Denver Broncos. The former Seattle Seahawks great takes the helm of an offense loaded with young talent. Los Angeles and Denver split their two-game series last season, the Chargers winning handily at home, 34-13, in Week 17. 

Week 7 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Date: Sunday, October 23
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
 
From facing Wilson and his new team, the Chargers tangle with his former club, who look to rebuild after a 7-10 record last season. The Chargers learned the hard way in 2021 that “on any given Sunday,” you can be toppled by a supposed lesser opponent.

Week 8 BYE

Week 9 @ Atlanta Falcons

Date: Sunday, November 6
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
 
After the bye, Chargers coach Brandon Staley and his staff have had an extra week to prepare for Atlanta, which does not bode well for the rebuilding Falcons.

Week 10 @ San Francisco 49ers

Date: Sunday, November 13
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
 
An intriguing Sunday Night Football matchup, with the San Francisco 49ers handing the keys over to second-year quarterback Trey Lance.

Week 11 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Date: Sunday, November 20
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
 
A return engagement with Patrick Mahomes and company at home, at a point where divisional matchups are even more critical. The mid-season report card on the Tyreek Hill-less Chiefs will be in, and this game could mean a great deal to the playoff fortunes of both teams. 

Week 12 @ Arizona Cardinals

Date: Sunday, November 27
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
 
A matchup between two of the league’s best young quarterbacks as Herbert faces off with the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray. This game looms large in what is a decidedly more challenging second half of the schedule for the Chargers.

Week 13 @ Las Vegas Raiders

Date: Sunday, December 4
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
 
The second and final meeting comes at a point in the season where both teams are expected to be in the thick of the playoff hunt. 

Week 14 vs. Miami Dolphins

Date: Sunday, December 11
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
 
With the ongoing maturity of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the addition of former Chiefs’ game-breaker Tyreek Hill, the Dolphins are expected to be much improved in 2022. This game shapes up to be a high-scoring affair with playoff implications for both teams. 

Week 15 vs. Tennessee Titans

Date: Sunday, December 18
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
 
The Chargers’ run defense is challenged by two of the league’s best rushing attacks over the next two weeks, starting with this home encounter against Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans. Despite Henry missing eight games last year due to injury, the Titans still managed to finish fifth in the NFL in rushing yards en route to capturing the AFC South.

Week 16 @ Indianapolis Colts

Date: Monday, December 26
Time: 8:15 p.m ET
 
The Indianapolis Colts are coming off their own late-season collapse in 2021 and look to move forward with former Falcons legend Matt Ryan at quarterback. The Chargers, like all teams, are faced with the challenge of stopping All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor, who ran roughshod over the league last season with 1,811 yards rushing, averaging 5.5/yards per carry to go along with 20 total touchdowns. 

Week 17 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Date: Sunday, January 1
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET 
 
More than LA bragging rights will be at stake for both teams in this New Year’s evening matchup. A classic “irresistible force vs. immovable object” clash pits the high-flying Chargers offense against Aaron Donald and the defending Super Bowl champion LA Rams’ stalwart defense.

Week 18: @ Denver Broncos

Date: TBD
Time: TBD 
 
If Russell Wilson can lead the Broncos into playoff contention, this game could be another season-ending nail-biter. The Chargers lost at Denver 28-13 in Week 12 last season.