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Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers

  1. The Packers are 10-1 all-time against the Chargers, including 6-0 on the road; the Chargers' lone win in the series came in 1984 at Lambeau Field. Among current franchises, only one series has been more one-sided (minimum 10 games): the Eagles are 11-0 versus the Jets. The last meeting saw GB win 27-20 at Lambeau in 2015, overcoming Philip Rivers' 503 passing yards.
  2. The Packers' 7-1 start is the team's best since the 2011 squad won its first 13 games. This is the fourth time since 2000 that GB has started 7-1 or better; on the previous three occasions, the team did not go on to reach the Super Bowl. In the past two games -- wins over the Raiders and Chiefs -- the Packers have piled up 73 points and 855 yards without committing a giveaway.
  3. The Chargers' 17-16 win at Chicago last week was the LAC's fourth straight contest -- and seventh out of eight this season -- decided by seven points or fewer. Since Melvin Gordon III's return to action in Week 5, Los Angeles is averaging only 35.5 rushing yards per game and 2.25 yards per carry.
  4. In Weeks 7 and 8, Aaron Rodgers passed for 734 yards with eight TDs, no interceptions and a completion percentage of 75.0. Rodgers' 152.0 passer rating over those two contests is the fourth highest by any QB in a two-game span since 1990 (minimum 50 attempts). He is topped by Drew Brees (153.8 in 2018), Tom Brady (153.8 in 2010) and David Garrard (153.4 in 2010).
  5. Philip Rivers passed for a season-low 201 yards in last week's win over the Bears and was intercepted for the fifth time in the last four contests. Rivers' 12 touchdown passes are the fewest he's thrown in the first eight games of a season since 2012 (also 12).
  6. The GB and LAC offenses rely heavily on passes to running backs. Chargers RBs have a combined 603 receiving yards, second only to the Patriots' 651; the Packers rank third with 594 running-back receiving yards. The teams have seven TD receptions apiece by their backs, tied for league high; five of GB's total of seven came in the past two games).
Team Comparison

Green Bay
 
Los Angeles
26.9 Points 19.6
290.5 Pass Yds 290.3
101.6 Rush Yds 69.5
14 Takeaways 10
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Despite being among the top quarterbacks in passing yards, Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers find themselves going in opposite directions heading into Sunday's game.

Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers (7-1) are off to their best start since 2011 while Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) have dropped three of their past four.

Rodgers, who is second with 2,324 yards, has been revitalized under Matt LaFleur, who is the first coach in his first year to win seven of his first eight games since Jim Harbaugh in 2011. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is hoping a change in offensive play-callers can jump-start his team after Ken Whisenhunt was fired as coordinator on Monday and replaced by quarterbacks coach Shane Steichen.

"It's obvious these first eight weeks that we just haven't been good enough, offensively. There were a handful of games where we should have scored more points and won games," said Rivers, who is third in the league with 2,315 yards.

The Chargers have been out of synch offensively for most of the season. They have been held under 40 rushing yards in four straight games, becoming the first team since the 1947 Detroit Lions to be stuck in neutral that long.

Green Bay comes in as one of the more potent offenses in the league. Aaron Jones is tied for second in rushing touchdowns with eight while Rodgers had a league-leading 21 completions of 20 yards or more in October.

"I think we've definitely found different recipes to victory every week. I think the staples are there, though. We're gaining confidence every week," Rodgers said.

CAN GORDON GET IN GEAR?

Another player who could benefit from the Chargers change at offensive coordinator is Melvin Gordon. The running back missed two months because of a contract dispute and is averaging only 2.6 yards per carry with one carry over 10 yards in four games.

The Chargers had only 12 running plays in last week's win at Chicago, but Lynn has hinted that he wants to see more carries and consistency on the ground.

HOME GAME IN NAME ONLY

The Chargers haven't had much of a home-field advantage this season. After going 10-6 at their tiny stadium in Carson, California, the past two seasons, they have dropped their past three. They've also felt like the visiting team in recent games against Denver and Pittsburgh.

The Packers made the L.A. Memorial Coliseum feel like Lambeau West during their game against the Rams last season and figure to have an even bigger noise advantage on Sunday. Due to the limited capacity, resale prices are more than $300, making it one of the higher-priced games on the secondary market this season.

Rodgers said when Green Bay faced the Chargers in San Diego in 2011, he remembered Rivers having to go to a silent count a couple of times because of Packers fans noise.

"I'm sure it's tough for the home team as they wait for their stadium to be built to have those home games be more like road games when a team like Green Bay comes to town," Rodgers said. "It's obviously small for an NFL stadium, big for a soccer stadium, and a really nice environment. There's shouldn't be any bad seats in the house."

ADAMS COMING BACK?

Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams, who missed the past four games because of turf toe, returned to practice this week. He was listed as limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but said he is not having much pain running routes.

"Once you can push off and get out of your stance you can stride out and really run the way you could when you were healthy. That's how I'm feeling now," Adams said on Thursday.

MULTI-FACETED BACKS

The Packers and Chargers are two of the top three teams when it comes to using their running backs in the passing game. The Chargers are tied with Patriots for the league lead in backfield receptions with 73 while the Packers are third with 63.

Los Angeles' Austin Ekeler leads running backs in receptions (51) and receiving yards (507). He is on pace to become the first back in league history to have 100 or more catches and 1,000 yards in the same season.

Aaron Jones had a career-high 159 receiving yards on seven receptions and scored two touchdowns last week. It was the second-most receiving yards in a game by a Packers running back.

SACK MASTERS

Green Bay LB Za'Darius Smith and Los Angeles DE Joey Bosa are on a roll when it comes to sacks.

Smith is tied for fourth in the league with eight sacks and had two in last week's win at Kansas City, Bosa, who is tied for seventh with seven, is the first Charger to get multiple sacks in consecutive games since Kevin Burnett in 2010.

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Updated November 3, 2019

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