San Diego Chargers vs. Green Bay Packers: Some Observations Going Into Sunday’s Contest

The 5-0 Green Bay Packers will host the 2-3 San Diego Chargers at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Packers go into the game ranked No. 10 in total offense and No. 7 in total defense.

The Chargers meanwhile, are ranked third in total offense and 15th in total defense.

This game will have two of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL facing each other.

Aaron Rodgers has the best passer rating in NFL history with a 106.5 mark. Philip Rivers is sixth all-time with a 96.0 rating.

So far in 2015, Rodgers has thrown 13 touchdown passes versus just two picks for 1,236 yards. That adds up to 117.4 passer rating.

Rivers meanwhile, has thrown 10 touchdown passes versus five interceptions for 1,613 yards. That adds up to a 103.9 passer rating.

The only time that Rodgers faced the Chargers was in 2011 at San Diego. No. 12 was fantastic, as he threw four touchdown passes without tossing a pick, for 247 yards. That adds up to a whopping 145.8 passer rating.

Rivers is 0-2 against the Packers. In those two games, No. 17 has thrown seven touchdown passes versus four picks for 691 yards. That adds up to a 99.2 passer rating.

The difference in the game on Sunday could be the play of the offensive lines for both teams.

While the Packers have had some injuries on the line, they look to be at full strength on Sunday.

It’s a completely different story for the Chargers, who are really banged up on their offensive line, as it appears that three starters won’t be available on Sunday.

Because of the injuries on the offensive line, Rivers has been sacked 14 times, plus has been pressured many more times.

That’s not a good situation when you are facing the Packers, who are second in the NFL with 20 sacks.

The Packers are also second in the league keeping down the opposing quarterback’s passer rating, as they have limited them to a 62.8 mark.

The Packers have only allowed five touchdown passes, while picking off eight passes.

Because of the woes on the offensive line of the Chargers, the Packers should be able to pressure Rivers quite often on Sunday.

While Rivers is one of the best and gutsiest quarterbacks in the game, he is prone to throwing picks under pressure.

That adds up to a victory for the Packers on Sunday, as they should be able to go into the bye week with a 6-0 mark.

Here are some other notes regarding the all-time series between the Packers and Chargers:

  • The Packers lead the all-time series between the two teams with a 9-1 edge.
  • The Packers have won the last six games in the series.
  • The one time that the Packers lost to the Chargers was in 1984 at Lambeau Field, when Dan Fouts led San Diego to a 34-28 win.
  • The Packers have never lost a game at Qualcomm Stadium in six tries versus the Chargers.
  • However, the Packers did lose Super Bowl XXXII to the Denver Broncos at that stadium.
  • The first Monday night football game that the Packers ever played in was in 1970 versus the Chargers in San Diego. The Pack won 22-20.
  • In 1983, the Packers acquired wide receiver John Jefferson from the Chargers for wide receiver Aundra Thompson, plus a first-round pick and two-second round picks.

2 thoughts on “San Diego Chargers vs. Green Bay Packers: Some Observations Going Into Sunday’s Contest

  1. Sounds like the Packers will have a big game against the Chargers. Keep the pressure on Rivers, and the sacks will come. While Rodgers starts picking apart the Chargers secondary in the 2nd half, big time..

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    • It’s always a pleasure, Joseph. As my story indicates, I like the Packers to be 6-0 going into their bye week. I do expect Rodgers to have a big day, while Rivers will get a lot of pressure from the Front 7 of the Pack.

      Good luck with your Ravens today versus the Niners. An interesting aspect is that WRs Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith of the 49ers, both had key roles for the Ravens when they won Super Bowl XLVII.

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