Chargers (3-5) hosting Packers (7-1) this Sunday on what will be the twelfth time the two face off.
The last and only time the Chargers beat the Packers was with Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joiner and Billy Ray Smith on the field October 7, 1984, a date that QB Phillip Rivers was 2 months shy of being 4 years old.
With the change of offensive play calling, this week, shifted to highly regarded QB Coach Shane Steichen, the shift or wrinkle could create an edge for the Bolts just as an unseen quarterback with no or little film can potentially.
Coach Lynn on potentially an advantage with a new offensive play caller versus the Packers,
“It can be, a guy that’s never done it before. Is he going to be conservative? Is he going to be aggressive, you just don’t know.”
And of course on being the second Chargers in the history of the matchup team to beat the Packers, “It would feel good,…. real good!
An obvious sentiment for any win, but potentially more so becoming the second team at 3-5 and 3rd in the AFC West one trying to get back to 500. With 4 Wisconsin Badgers in the locker room, more fuel as to prove to their home towns and to get a win from the team they grew up rooting for.
Derek Watt, although raised a Packers fan from Wisconsin, he is not a fan , anymore
and it was business focus on the next game. However it would be nice to let his hometown friends see him and his team beat the team he grew up rooting for.
“A lot of people from Wisconsin I’m sure are watching the Packers game,” Gordon says. “A lot of them that cheered for me probably don’t see a lot of the Chargers. It’ll be cool to watch those people that supported me since I was younger, because not many of our games get played back home.”
Connections: Brendan Mebane played with Aaron Rogers his freshman and sophomore year at Cal, when Rodgers came as a redshirted sophomore. Joey Bosa’s cousin on the Packers and many Wisconsin born players on the Bolts roster, looking for a dub with a little more fevor. I searched and believe the only player on the roster whom has beaten the Packers is Thomas Davis when he was at Panthers.
Last time these two met in 2015 Chargers lost 27-20 in Green Bay however Phillip had 503 yards with 2 TDs, Keenan Allen had 157 receiving yards with Antonio Gates and Malcomn Floyd having 95 a piece. The leader on tackles was Denzel Perryman with seven tackles and one assist on his first NFL start. One more tidbit, Woodhead and Oliver had a combined 103 yards on catch and runs.
Chargers defense has been in effect with 7 interceptions and 9 forced fumbles and 6 recoveries and 35 quarterback hits. They also welcome back Mike ‘Money Badger’ Badgley and first time offensive player caller, Shane Steichen whom will be on the field for his debut, rather than the box.
Packers fans travel well, all over, who would not want to get out of Wisconsin for a trip to Southern California to see their team play, but as amplified vs the Steelers game, Chargers find themselves in an away environment with one bonus sleeping in their own beds. This team has was able to respond well to those scenarios and come home after a win at Soldier Field to do the same a home-away game.
What I did notice at practice on Friday in the locker room was a different feel, a lighter group, more at ease, perhaps with the focus after practice on the 25 families of the fallen soldiers. 25 Chargers players will honor and play for 25 Fallen Soldiers today and also be wearing a decal on their helmets with the initials of those soldiers. November in the NFL is a month to honor those that serve.
IMO: This game could go either way, but I believe if the Chargers can come out with some tone setting pocessions, hits and pressure on Aaron Rodgers and an offensive rhythm I think they can win. Watch for a wrinkle shift with OC plays as well as, a successful staple with catch and runs for Austin Ekeler & Melvin Gordon.
Packers will have WR Davonte Adams, whom was a game time decision.
Jaylen Watkins working at SS in place of Roderic Teamer.
LA Inactives of the game Easton Stick, Geremy Davis, Troymaine Pope, Roderick Teamer, Cortez Broughton< Brandon Mebane and Justin Jones.
Green Bay Inactives Ryan Grant, Ka’dar Hollman, JOSH Jackson, Tim Williams, Cole Madison, Adam Pankey and Robert Tonyan.