The San Diego Chargers have never opened a season 2-0 since Norv Turner assumed head coaching duties in 2007. A week 2 trip to Gilette Stadium to play the Patriots makes finally getting over that hump this season a pretty tall order.
These two team played a great game in week 7 last year in San Diego. Down by a seemingly insurmountable 20-3 deficit after three quarters, the Chargers scored 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Patriots added a fourth quarter field goal, and the Chargers missed the game-tying three point shot with less than a minute remaining to give New England the win. Memories last a long time in the NFL, and neither team will forget what happened last season.
Phillip Rivers has 821 passing yards, 6 touchdowns, a 66.4 completion percentage and a 96.4 passer rating in three career games against the Patriots. The last time New England lost a home opener, Tom Brady opened the season as Drew Bledsoe's backup...ten years ago. If you watch just one football game today, it ought to be this one.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, September 18, 4:15 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms