In week one of the NFL preseason the Green Bay Packers face the San Diego Chargers. The Pack is back and they are favored to make another run at the NFC crown but the Chargers have
their own redemption on their minds from consecutive seasons without a
Green Bay Packers
Driver may be the team leader and a well respected presence in the locker room
but he is no longer the straw that stirs the proverbial drink when it comes to
the Packers receiving corps. His
production has fallen off the last two seasons and if he did not consent to a
contract restructuring, he would not be playing this season in Green Bay. However, Aaron Rodgers has plenty of speed at
his disposal with Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones and a versatile
threat in Randall Cobb.
the Packers could not stop the pass and that was ultimately their undoing. They had a middling run stop unit but they
will need to create more pressure on the quarterback and shore up a lackluster
secondary. The Packers did draft all
defensive players in the earlier rounds so it will be interesting to see if
their scouting department has risen to the task.
We know that
the projected veteran starters, most notably Aaron Rodgers, will probably not
be playing even half the game. The
coaches want their big money stars to shake off the rust without getting
injured. Note also that last season's
backup quarterback Matt Flynn will not be lighting it up for Green Bay when
they inevitably pull Rodgers from the line of fire against the Bolts. Undrafted quarterback Graham Harrell will be
locking and loading and he is a complete wildcard in this game.
San Diego Chargers
And on this
side of the field we have the talented Philip Rivers for your viewing
pleasure. Certainly Rivers is not as
prolific a passer as Rodgers but then again the only quarterbacks that can be
mentioned in the same breath would be Tom Brady, Drew Brees and let's not
forget about the old guy who just signed with Denver. San Diego has many sins to atone for and
don't think head coach Norv Turner doesn't want a win in a hurry. Vincent Jackson may have taken the money and
run on down to Tampa Bay but the Chargers signed Robert Meacham as a capable
replacement from New Orleans while adding Eddie Royal from the Broncos and
Roscoe Parrish from the Bills. That
chemistry will take time to gel but if Antonio Gates can stay healthy then
Rivers will be all set.
on Melvin Ingram are all positive but then again, it's still very early. Ingram was the Chargers 1st round
pick (18th overall) and the Chargers are hoping he can bolster a
woeful pass rush. Jarrett Johnson was
lured from the Ravens to stop the run and Kendall Reyes was drafted as another
pass rusher to complement Ingram.
The NFL odds makers had opened the Chargers as -1 favorites, but early betting action has caused teh lines to shift a bit more in the favor of San Diego. As of now, most of the top NFL betting sites are listing the Chargers at -2.5, with the total offered at 37.
team needs a win here and so does the coach. The Packers offensive line has been tinkered with and that may give this
new San Diego pass rush the openings they need to establish themselves. The Packers have no running game to speak of
unless Alex Green finally gets healthy and proves he is worthy of the Packers'
I like the
Chargers here because they at least have a backup quarterback with NFL
experience under his belt in Kyle Boller. No, he's not an All-Star and won't be picked in any Fantasy Football
drafts but at the very least he is serviceable and that appears to be an
improvement over the Packers untested and unproven backup Graham Harrell. Throw a few bucks on the Bolts. San
Diego -2 ½ is the play.