Let’s look at some key numbers and facts heading into a huge Week 2 matchup between the San Diego Chargers and host New England on Sunday:
The Patriots are 67-14 at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002. It’s no fun there for the road team. However, in the Patriots’ last game at home, the Jets knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
The last time a Tom Brady-quarterbacked New England team lost at home in the regular season was in 2006.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers are 1-9, including in the playoffs, in their past 10 trips to New England. It dates back to 1973. Before then, including in the wild old AFL days, the Chargers were 7-2-1 on the road against the Patriots.
If the Chargers do break their road woes at New England, they will improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2006 and for the first time in five seasons under Norv Turner. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Chargers had a 41-23 record under Turner, which is the fourth best in the NFL in the past four seasons combined. However, they were just 6-8 in September, which was tied for 20th in the NFL.