Chargers’ schedule features Raiders, Chiefs, plus Harbaugh Bowl III – Orange County Register

The Chargers begin and end the 2024 season with games against their ancient and hated AFC West rivals, the Las Vegas Raiders. Jim Harbaugh will make his Chargers coaching debut Sept. 8 against the Raiders at SoFi Stadium and face them again either Jan. 4 or 5 in Las Vegas.

In between Weeks 1 and 18, the Chargers will play host to the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 29 and face them again in Kansas City on Sunday Night Football on Dec. 8. They’ll also face the Carolina Panthers not in Munich, Germany but in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Panthers and New York Giants will play in Germany on Nov. 10.

Four of the Chargers’ first six games will be on the road to start 2024. They don’t play on Thursday Night Football this season nor do they play on Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Their bye comes in Week 5, as it did last season, after two home games and two on the road.

In addition to their marquee matchup against the Chiefs in Kansas City, the Chargers will play at least two other prime-time games, facing off against the Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona, for a Monday Night Football matchup on Oct. 21 and against the Baltimore Ravens for a second MNF showdown on Nov. 25.

Last season, the Chargers played six games in prime time.

The game against the Ravens will pit Harbaugh against his brother, John, in Harbaugh Bowl III. The brothers faced each other in the Super Bowl following the 2012 season, with John’s Ravens defeating Jim’s San Francisco 49ers. The Harbaughs were the first brothers to coach against each other in Super Bowl history.

They also coached against each other in a Thanksgiving Day game in 2011.

The kickoff times, dates and broadcast outlets for the Chargers’ season-ending games against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in Week 17 and against the Raiders in Las Vegas in Week 18 will be determined at a later date, in keeping with the NFL’s late-season flexible schedule.

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