Oddly, this season marked the first time that the Chargers played the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite that team existing since 1995. This is largely due to old NFL scheduling formulas in place prior to 2002, whereby teams would not necessarily play all members of other divisions within their conference, but played them according to position within a season’s table. The Chargers played the Tennessee Titans only once during this period (in 1998) but played the Bengalsfive times during these years.
In preceding years, even longer gaps between two teams playing each other had occurred. For instance the Jets never opposed the Cardinals between 1979 and 1995 inclusive.