Chargers News: Los Angeles Earns Scant Prime Time Bouts in First Jim Harbaugh Season

L.A. will not be performing during peak viewing hours for much of the year.
Apr 2, 2024; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at a press conference.
Apr 2, 2024; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at a press conference. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Following a miserable 5-12 finish in 2023, the Los Angeles Chargers aren't seen as being much of an attraction for the football-viewing public. At least, if prime-time game allocations are any kind of indication.

The Bolts, even with the advent of new celebrity coach Jim Harbaugh, are slated to suit up for just three prime-time matchups in 2024.

Those contests are a Week 7 Monday night bout against the Arizona Cardinals on October 21, a second Monday night clash in Week 12 with the Baltimore Ravens on November 25, and a Week 14 date with the reigning two-time Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on December 8.

It could be seen as something of a slight that Los Angeles is only being granted three contests during the best window for viewership. Then again, the team did offload its best sure-thing offensive talent in Pro Bowl wide receiver Keenan Allen, along with WR2 Mike Williams and top running back Austin Ekeler. Though Harbaugh became a fairly big-ticket draw as a college coach during a very successful nine-year run with the Michigan Wolverines (and, before that, a four-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers), it's yet to be seen if he can work his magic with this revamped (and, hopefully, revitalized?) Chargers bunch.

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