Last season, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert had one of the best years by a rookie in NFL history.
Starting 15 games, he became the all-time rookie record-holder in passing touchdowns (31), total touchdowns (36), completions (396), games with 300-plus passing yards (eight) and three-plus touchdowns (six). Though Los Angeles finished with a 6-9 record, Herbert proved he could grow into one of the best signal-callers in the NFL.
On the other hand, the Washington Football Team will be retooling at quarterback, as Alex Smith retired. Washington signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in March of 2021, and he will start for the team in its Week 1 opener against the Chargers, according to coach Ron Rivera.
Washington will also look to make significant steps with its defense, as starting defensive ends Chase Young and Montez Sweat return along with tackles Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne. It also drafted Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis, who was renowned for his aggressiveness and fluidity as a player.
Conversely, Los Angeles will look to improve its 23rd-ranked scoring defense with the addition of coach Brandon Staley, who led the Rams to the top-rated defense last season as their defensive coordinator.
Washington and the Chargers will be meeting for the 12th time in their history. Washington leads the all-time series 7-4 but has lost four of the last five meetings, including the latest matchup on Dec. 10, 2017.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Chargers vs. Washington Football Team game on Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels and a full Week 1 NFL schedule.
What channel is Washington vs. Chargers on today?
- TV channel (national): CBS
- TV channel (Washington): WUSA 9
- TV channel (Buffalo): WIVB-TV
- Live stream: fuboTV
Play-by-play analyst Spero Dedes and analyst Jay Feely will be on the call for Washington vs. Los Angeles.
For those looking for radio information, the Washington broadcast can be heard on Sirius XM channel 223, or the Chargers broadcast can be heard on Sirius XM channel 388.
Viewers in Canada can watch Washington vs. the Chargers on DAZN, which has rights to every NFL game, as well as some CTV regional channels.
Washington vs. Chargers start time
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 12
- Time: 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT
Washington vs. Los Angeles is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, one of the five regional early games. Here are the other four games beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
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NFL schedule Week 1
Thursday, Sept. 9
|Dallas at Tampa Bay||12:38 p.m.||NBC|
Sunday, Sept. 12
|Jacksonville at Houston||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Los Angeles Chargers at Washington||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Seattle at Indiana||1 p.m.||FOX|
|New York Jets at Carolina||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Minnesota at Cincinnati||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Arizona at Tennessee. 1 p.m.||CBS|
|San Francisco at Detroit||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Pittsburgh at Buffalo||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Philadelphia at Atlanta||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Cleveland at Kansas City||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Green Bay at New Orleans||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Denver at New York Giants||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Miami at New England||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Chicago at Los Angeles Rams||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
Monday, Sept. 13
|Baltimore at Las Vegas||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
Washington Football Team schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||Los Angeles Chargers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 16||New York Giants||8:20 p.m. ET||NFL Network|
|3||Sept. 26||at Buffalo||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|4||Oct. 3||at Atlanta||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|5||Oct. 10||New Orleans||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|6||Oct. 17||Kansas City||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 24||at Green Bay||1 p.m. ET FOX||FOX|
|8||Oct. 31||at Denver||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|10||Nov. 14||Tampa Bay||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|11||Nov. 21||at Carolina||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|12||Nov. 29||Seattle||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|13||Dec. 5||at Las Vegas||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|14||Dec. 12||Dallas||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|16.||Dec. 26||at Dallas||TBD||NBC|
Chargers schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Washington||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||Dallas||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||at Kansas City||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 4||Las Vegas||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|5||Oct. 10||Cleveland||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 17||at Baltimore||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 31||New England||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 7||at Philadelphia||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|10||Nov. 14||Minnesota||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|11||Nov. 21||Pittsburgh||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|12||Nov. 28||at Denver||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 5||at Cincinnati||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|14||Dec. 12||New York Giants||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|15||Dec. 16||Kansas City||8:20 p.m. ET||FOX|
|16||Dec. 26||at Houston||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||Denver||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|