The Green Bay Packers will travel to California to play the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park(to be replaced next year by the SoFi Stadium which they will share with the Rams). While this certainly isn’t a must-win game, it does appear to be a should-win game. But any given Sunday yadda yadda yadda…
For those wondering: Will Davante Adams play against the Chargers? The answer is: yes, it’s very likely at this point. I doubt he’ll be used heavily so use caution when starting him in your fantasy league. Officially, he is still listed as questionable. Just having Adams on the field will keep the Chargers’ defense on edge.
Despite missing all of October, Adams is still 2nd on the team for number of receptions. He is currently behind RB Aaron Jones who, along with RB Jamaal Williams, have done a fantastic job as reliable receiver targets for Aaron Rodgers in the absence of Adams.
Davante Adams leapfrogging grown men has to be a good sign, right? #Packers pic.twitter.com/USrU6l3rvM
— John Doran (@JohnDoranTV) November 1, 2019
A Few Things to Know:
While the Chargers have a mostly anemic offense this season, their defense is respectable with a current ranking of 10th in the league for opponent points allowed.
This is the first away away game for the Packers against the Chargers since 2011
This is sort of a home away from home game for Green Bay for two reasons:
1) Most people in LAX do not give a shit about the Chargers, nor should they
2) Packers fans are everywhere (once met a taxi driver in Bangkok that talked about them the whole 1 hour trip)
The Chargers will be without DT Cortez Broughton. Also, DT Brandon Mebane, DT Justin Jones, and S Roderic Teamer are listed as doubtful.
This week the Packers moved TE Jace Sternberger off the IR to the 53-man roster. Meanwhile, TE Robert Tonyan is listed as questionable. Both are behind Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis on the depth chart so this shouldn’t be much of a factor.
Packers vs Chargers – Game Info
Packers (7-1) at Chargers (3-5)
Kickoff Time: 3:25 PM (CT)
Where: Los Angeles, California – Dignity Health Sports Park
Television: NFL on CBS (Commentary by Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, & Tracy Wolfson)
I feel like this is a trap game. Which is good because I have incorrectly picked nearly every game this year.
This indeed has trap game all over it. Nice trip to sunny California against an underachieving team with a great qb…a bye week on the horizon..and arguably the biggest game in the NFC this season coming after that.
Yeah, this is a game they SHOULD win. They are better than the chargers in every way. The chargers three best players are Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry, and Melvin Gordon. The chargers literally can’t run the ball and are at the bottom of the league in yards per carry, Bosa is going up against the best tackle tandem in football, Henry is the only big concern I have. This could indeed be a trap game for all these reasons
I’m going to try to throw some stats out that may ease your minds, and remember when it comes to the defensive stats listed the Packers defense have performed much better In the RZ, and points per play allowed at away games than at home.
The two most important stats that have an impact on determining the final score of the game is turnover differential, and red zone points/TDs allowed and made. The Packers are very good on offense at avoiding turnovers and on defense at causing turnovers.
The biggest advantage the Packers have in this game, much like against Oakland is in the red zone. The Packers offense is ranked #2 in the NFL in RZ TDs, and RZ points made. The Chargers offense is ranked #29 and #25 in the same stats. That is a big difference. The Packers defense is ranked #4 in RZ TDs and #9 in RZ points allowed. While the Chargers #18 and #22 in the same categories.
During training camp I remember hearing/reading that LaFleur spent a lot of time on RZ. When you have the #1 defense and offense practicing against the other it is no wonder that both sides of the ball have done well in the RZ. Time well spent in training camp.
I know some are concerned about the big plays allowed by the defense, and rightfully so. The big plays need to be reduced substantially. If this team was not giving up big plays with scores on defense, it would be dominate.
One thing about this team is when the offense has struggled the defense has come through. We cannot forget the offense was ranked #27 in points per play after week 2 and did not get above #20 until after week 5. The same can be said that when the defense has struggled the offense has come through. The defense has dropped in league rankings for points allowed per play over the last few weeks. However, this is a team game. When you look at points per play margin that combines the offense and defense points per play made and allowed the Packers are #6 in the league. The Chargers are #19 in the same category.
I’m dizzy now.
The two most important stats that have an impact on determining the final score of the game….is how many points your team scores, and how many points the other team scores.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Thus points per play margin.
I’m not into the trap game philosophy, i just don’t buy it, or believe it exist. If you lose, it’s because the other team played better. If you play in the NFL and your excuse is you weren’t mentally prepared or you took your opponent too lightly (trap game), you most likely lost before the first kickoff and didn’t deserve to win. Any given Sunday is true today, as it has been for decades..
As far as picking a winner. I roll with Rodgers.
SKOL lonley boy… SKOL. Matt Moore looked pretty freaking amazing against the vaunted vikings d… funny the vikings let hill torch them deep and it cost them the game…the packers on the other hand…kept it all in front of them and actually won.
Fuck off lonely boy.
There is a 3 page explanation for that L….that nobody will read. But there is one. I have a 4 word one…The Vikings always choke. Stay tuned for the 3 page explanation.
I hope I won’t need to write a 4 word reason why Green Bay lost.
I can’t wait for his novel that no one will read the entirety of.
Here is a fun stat from Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune….Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was 19-for-38 for 220 yards. Cousins is now 0-10-1 in his two seasons with the Vikings when he enters the fourth quarter trailing. We all know which one the tie was…Clay Matthews bullshit call.
Very bad start on D and on O. I had a funny feeling about this being a trap game. I also had a feeling about Rodgers perhaps reverting back to looking at ONLY a few receivers. So far both have happened. Let us trust that they will figure it out SOON! The Chargers look totally pumped.
Yeah, things are not looking good here. This is exactly what I was fearing going into it
There is a lot of game to go. Hopefully at the end of the first quarter someone reminded the Packer players this is a trap game, and they come out of it.
Is there a lot of game left?
This may just be the worst half of football they have played the entire season. Literally getting dominated in all phases
On offense the Packers have no answer at the line of scrimmage. The thing i wasn’t watching is if the the Chargers blitzed at all or if they are getting home with 4. I could re-watch it during halftime it to check, but it would be too painful.
On defense, it’s 250 yards but only 9 points yielded, i’m calling that a “bend but don’t break” win.
Either the line needs to block better so the offense can find some rhythm , or Aaron has to run and create.
Here is the fucking problem with this bend but don’t break crap. The chargers are controlling the ball, and clock, and Green Bay has run like 20 plays on offense. Playing bend but don’t break football is a terrible way to try and survive in the NFL
Sorry PF4L, not angry at you, I am just frustrated with the lack of preparedness this team is displaying. I don’t want to hear this shit coming out of halftime about the team being “tired” and needing to wake up. There is literally no sense of urgency with this team and they apparently thought they could sleepwalk into this game.
Kato….if you read my post, you know i don’t buy the bend but don’t break theory. It’s a saying some people invented to describe poor defenses. If i use it in a positive context, it is dripping with sarcasm.
It’s a damn good thing that the Chargers suck in the red zone or this game is possibly 17-0, or 21-0
Pack O-line should be ashamed…absolutely pathetic performance. Hopefully eyebrows is enough of a leader to give them the proper tongue-lashing. D bent but didn’t break which seems to be their MO, keeping us in the game.
I’ll wait till the end of the game on the O line, as i was scolded last week for only mentioning Billy T. Ironically i found some interesting info when looking for O line rankings this morning.
And people want Bulaga to get a new contract. LOL! Ridiculous!
Someone may want to tell Aaron Jones to run north south rather than trying to run outside, the chargers have too much speed on defense to do that.
Yea they do.
Tramon….oops, i meant Darnell Savage could give it a little better effort on Gordon’s TD run….Holy shit.
Saw that as well. Jesus Christ. Did they all get stoned before the game?
FLAG!! That was a low blow my good man :)
Food for thought…..this is one of those games, i might sound pissed off as a fan but i’m i couldn’t be more calm, we knew this kind of game might be coming, it is what it is. As far as i’m concerned, Even at 7-2, this team is playing with house money.
WAIT!!! Put that on hold!!!….it’s 19-3. Fuck the Chargers…lets do this!!
Where is Kenny Clark? Paging Dean Lowry (had to look up his name because I forgot it, not surprising because he has been basically invisible since he got his new contract).
Blake Martinez catches some shit here, but that defensive line has been horrible. They are not winning at the point of attack, and rarely have this year
True. Ive been saying it for a couple years. All I see with Kenny Clark is Mike Daniels 2.0. Yet everyone associated with the Packers thinks he should be the highest paid DL in the game. For what? His one splash play every other game or two.
Defense., again reverting back to Swiss Cheese. Why can we not have open received like the Chargers..
Someone might want to tell Jaire Alexander that if he wants to be considered an all pro caliber corner, he shouldn’t be giving up 50 yard bombs
Just bench Aaron Rodgers the rest of the game, no sense in him being out there to get potentially injured against a chargers pass rush that the Packers have no answer for.
Wouldn’t hurt to get Boyle killed….oops, i meant, get some reps.
Look….i’m not going to bitch about this game later, i don’t want to be known as a complainer…..i’m not falling for that TRAP.
I’m going to keep things positive and wait for the entertainment to show up….Lonely Boy?
This is just straight up embarrassing. I can’t think of a single positive takeaway from this game.
I can…but i have to wait till the games over.
26-3 Chargers….if this keeps up i might lose hope in a few minutes.
This team, could very realistically lose three games in a row, starting today, then Carolina, then the 49ers.
Where was the urgency on that possession? You are down three scores, and you are running the playclock down below 10 seconds each time. The offense gets a participation trophy for scoring a TD
chinupnsmile ……2 more td’s and 2 point plays and victory is ours sayeth PF4L. 27-26 Packers…8-1
You make me smile sometimes. Even though the Packers have given me nothing to smile about today, other than the occasional giggle at their incompetence
Far more often than not, i was taught as a very young Packer fan, that games were won and lost at the LOS, i believed it then, and will until my last breath.
Thanks for hanging out Kato, I’m about 65-70% on the way back from recovery. Not sure if i’ll be 100%, but if i make it to 90, i’m a happy camper.
Pretty sure we can come back from this. An absolutely horrible performance all around, but every NFL team is due for a stinker once a year. The blow was softened by watching Jerk Cousins and his band of merry queens lose at the buzzer.
Defense is trash. Can’t cover, rarely create pressure and rarely get sacks and now turnovers are few and far between. King is fucking useless but J. Jackson is even worse, Alexander had a rough day and the rest are pedestrian. ST is a liability as usual. Smells like 2011 all over again…oh not to mention the offense shit themselves in the 1st half with 50 yards…great team loss.
I am assuming you are talking exclusively about today. Because the defense has pressured the quarterback well and had a fair amount of takeaways this year. Their biggest issue is allowing teams to march up and down the field. But yeah, it was a team loss. The chargers had way more to play for today and it showed on the field
This team isn’t doomed because of one bad game. I still think they are capable of making it to the big game. A loss like this is good, I would argue, because when you are winning and things are going well, defects are often overlooked. It appears this new coaching staff isn’t content with just “letting Rodgers do his thing and the rest of the team is along for the ride.”
Ever since Jaire declared them the best D in the league its been a shit show. Pass rush is a tad better. That’s it. Same ol shit otherwise. But Rodgers in post game basically said without saying that guys were out partying in LA over the couple days they were in town. Yeah ill say Aaron.
As I said above, you can be happy about not allowing red zone TDs, but at some point, you can’t allow an opponent to control the clock. Packers offense had like 6 minutes of possession in the first half? That can’t happen. I don’t care even if they only gave up 9 points or whatever it was
Also, if you are going to talk a big game, you better back it up. A mediocre defensive line is holding this Packers defense back
“Everyone has a plan, until they get………….”
The Patriots were getting Green Bay Packered…by the Ravens, Until a muffed punt and turnover leading to a quick Patriots TD.
I thought the Patriots were a bit overrated, they haven’t played a playoff team until tonight.
No consistency on this team. Both O and D are up and down week to week so far.
Ya I wouldn’t be shocked if the team was hungover today..especially the o line. La has quite the night life..especially compared to green bay.
Defense wasnt really the issue today until they got gassed.
We shall see whether eyebrows has the balls to hold certain players accountable after some film review. This would be a much needed change in culture rather than just hitting up Golden Corral.