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Where: U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale.
When: Monday September 8, 22:20 ET
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With many tipping the San Diego Chargers with a legitimate run at the Super Bowl this season, they get their season underway with a trip to the Arizona Cardinals.
The Chargers have been able to keep one of the most effective offenses in the NFL intact this summer and they will hope that familiarity will get them off to a quick start.
Quarterback Philip Rivers will lead the charge after being named the comeback player of the year in large part thanks to completing an NFL-high and career-best 69.5 percent of his passes. The veteran signal caller finished the season throwing for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns.
However, that is now a thing of the past and what matters now is his ability to pick up from where he left off in order to ensure the Chargers make an immediate return to the playoffs and push on from there.
With the likes of Keenan Allen making them a solid offensive machine, the additions of Brandon Flowers and a fit-again Dwight Feeney could give them the boost required defensively to become an all-round contender.
In contrast, the Cardinals were left disappointed last year after missing out on the playoffs in a highly competitive NFC West in which they finished third.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson signed a five-year, $70m extension this off-season and will continue to be one of the shining lights of this team, but it will take a real team effort in order to stop the Chargers.
San Diego won the last encounter 41-10 back in 2010 and the overall head-to-head record doesn’t make for positive reading for Arizona either, who trail their rivals 3-9.