Chargers add home game vs. Vikings as NFL season expands to 17 games

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins passes
With a 17-game regular season approved, the Chargers will get an extra home game next season — against quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings.
(Bill Feig / Associated Press)

The Chargers gained an extra regular-season home game Tuesday when the NFL owners approved a 17-game season for 2021.

Minnesota will now visit SoFi Stadium, giving the Chargers nine home games and eight road games.

In a corresponding move, the preseason will be reduced from four games to three to accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, which limits the total number of preseason and regular-season games played to 20.


Along with meeting each of their AFC West rivals twice — Kansas City, Las Vegas and Denver, home and away — the Chargers also will play host to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New England, Dallas and the New York Giants.

They will play road games at Cincinnati, Baltimore, Washington, Houston and Philadelphia.

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March 29, 2021

The NFL historically releases dates, kickoff times and broadcast information in April, though last year it was released in May.