The Green Bay Packers are riding high heading into their bye week after a 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, improving their record to 6-0.
The game was anything but pretty for the Packers. The offense was nonexistent for much of the second and third quarters, only picking up a handful of first downs and not scoring during that time.
The player of the game was James Starks; he carried the ball 10 times for 112 yards and scored a 65-yard touchdown (the longest of his career). He also caught a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter.
Aaron Rodgers was once again, to his and many Packers fans standards, shutdown. He finished 16-of-29 for 255 yards and two touchdowns, but really seemed frustrated throughout the game.
Rodgers did break a record becoming the fastest quarterback to reach 30,000 yards passing in only 3,652 attempts, 43 fewer than Johnny Unitas.
The Packers defense also struggled at times to contain Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, and without safety Morgan Burnett, defensive tackle BJ Raji, and linebacker Nick Perry it was even tougher. However, the defense came through in the clutch when they needed to.
On a fourth and goal from the 3-yard line, Rivers threw to running back Danny Woodhead, but standout rookie Damarius Randall broke up the pass to seal the win for Green Bay.
Though Rivers didn’t complete that pass to possibly take the game into overtime, he did finish the game 43-of-65 for 503 yards (all three are Chargers records), and threw two touchdowns.
If you throw that many times for that many yards, it looks great in the stats book, but if you can’t pull off the win, the stats don’t really matter and that is what happen to the Chargers and their offense.
The Packers couldn’t have asked for a better week to have their bye week.
With all of the early season injuries and players being banged up, this is the perfect time to get everyone healthy before the long haul to the end of the season, which will hopefully be February 7th, 2016 in Santa Clara, California at Super Bowl 50.
Some key players Green Bay would love to have back healthy coming off the bye week:
- Wide receiver Davante Adams (Ankle)
- Tackle Bryan Bulaga (Knee)
- Safety Morgan Burnett (Calf)
- Wide receiver Randall Cobb (Shoulder)
- Wide receiver James Jones (Hamstring)
- Guard TJ Lang (Knee)
- Linebacker Nick Perry (Shoulder/Hand)
- Defensive tackle BJ Raji (Groin)
I am sure everyone on the team is feeling the physical demands of the NFL season, but this is the list of the active/inactive players from last week against the Chargers.
All of the players are going to have time to recover during the next week before the team gets into the toughest part of their schedule.
After the bye week, Green Bay will be heading to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the undefeated Broncos on November 1st. I will have that preview for you next week.
After the Broncos game, the team will head east to face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, who might also be undefeated, on November 8th.
After the Panthers game, Green Bay will have four divisional games in 18 days, two against Detroit, one against Minnesota, and one very emotional game against the Bears on Thanksgiving when they enshrine Brett Favre into the Packers Ring of Fame.
Then, after the second Lions game on December 3rd, they host the Dallas Cowboys and then have two west coast games against the Arizona Cardinals on December 20th, Oakland Raiders on December 27th, and they will finish the season against division rival Minnesota Vikings on January 3rd in Green Bay.
The rest of the schedule isn’t going to be easy by any stretch, but if the team can stay healthy they should have a great chance of home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and will get to play in front of the greatest fans in all of sports at Lambeau Field.
I have been reading in some places that Vernon Davis (the tight end for the 49ers) might be on the market for a trade in the upcoming days/weeks.
My question to everyone is, depending on how much the 49ers want for him, could you possibly see Ted Thompson going out and getting Vernon Davis? He would be another weapon for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. The trade deadline is November 3rd at 4 pm Eastern Time.
Go Pack Go!!
Week 7 Picks
Podcast Record (23-12) / Last Week (3-3)
Seahawks over 49ers
Jaguars over Bills
Rams over Browns
Lions over Vikings
Dolphins over Texans
Colts over Saints
Steelers over Chiefs
Jets over Patriots
Buccaneers over Redskins
Falcons over Titans
Chargers over Raiders
Cowboys over Giants
Eagles over Panthers
Cardinals over Ravens
(podcast picks in bold)
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