Updated: Mar 18
The 2022 opponents of the Los Angeles Chargers were announced Wednesday, and there are some notable similarities between the list and that of the Bolts’ 1994 Season—a season which culminated in a Super Bowl appearance.
*The Miami Dolphins were a playoff opponent in 1994, and are a regular season opponent in 2022.
The 1994 Chargers entered their Super Bowl season with an 8-8 record. The 2022 Chargers start their season with a 9-8 record.
Similarity: same number of losses.
Strength of Schedule
Going into the season, both Chargers teams face teams with a common number of losses*.
The opponent prior-year record the 1994 Chargers faced was 135-137*. The Chargers' 2022 opponents have a prior-year record of 152-137.
Similarity: same number of opponent losses.
*Including the 1994 playoff opponent the Dolphins. No other playoff opponents were included in this analysis.
Nearly Identical Opponent Records
In addition to the Chargers themselves, the 49ers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Falcons, Raiders and Seahawks and all enter the season with similar records. This is especially surprising when considering in-division opponents: the previous season record did not factor in to inclusion in the schedule and is completely coincidental.