Wisconsin, your Green Bay Packers are on a roll. Aaron Rodgers and company will fly down to take on the fledgling Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday as they look for their fifth straight win. Even though the Chargers are sitting at third in their division right now, there is a lot of talent on the team, with Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, and Keenan Allen being one of the league’s best trios in the game.
Here is how our staff thinks it will go:
This Chargers team is a lot like the same thing we have been seeing for the last five seasons. There is so much talent on this team on offense and defense, but they can never completely put it together and go the distance. I expect Green Bay to win this game, but Los Angeles has enough talent in one-on-one matchups to keep it close. Joey Bosa is coming off a big game, and he and Melvin Ingram are one of the best pass-rushing tandems in the league. Casey Hayward and that secondary are not playing their best football this year, but likely good enough to push around Green Bay’s very young receiving corps. I would give the edge to the Packers, but expect it to be close and for both teams to struggle to score some points.
Packers 24, Chargers 21
The Packers are coming off a huge victory in Kansas City and travel even farther west this week in what should be close to the atmosphere of a home game. Aaron Rodgers is hot right now and the Packers are absolutely rolling. The Chargers, on the other hand, have just fired their offensive coordinator and seem like an incomplete football team. However, the Green Bay defense has been suspect the past few weeks and LA has enough offensive talent to exploit that. I expect Philip Rivers to have a big game along with Keenan Allen. The Chargers defense has been bad throughout the season, particularly in the secondary. Rodgers should be able to get off to a hot start and I like Green Bay to hang on to beat the Chargers.
Packers 34, Chargers 27
The Chargers have had a down year by their standards. Many experts had this team vying for a spot in the Super Bowl in preseason predictions. At the midway point in the season, they’re sitting at a 3-5 record and are coming off a week where they fired their offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. The Chargers are probably very used to playing a season full of away games, as the city of Los Angeles has done a poor job packing the stands for their team. To me, this all boils down to the perfect recipe for a trap game. The Chargers started their 2017 season with an abysmal 0-4 record, but ended up finishing the year 9-7 and just barely missed the playoffs due to tiebreaker scenarios. Fresh off a narrow victory at Soldier Field over the Bears, the Chargers could be riding that same kind of momentum heading into the second half of the season.
Despite all this, I’m not picking the upset here (but I won’t be surprised if it happens.) I believe Rodgers will work his magic late, and the Packers will sneak by.
Packers 24, Chargers 20