Green Bay Packers: 5 Bold predictions vs. Chargers, Week 9

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The Green Bay Packers hope to stay hot against the Chargers in their Week 9 matchup on the road. Bold predictions for the Pack on Sunday.

After all the questioning of how the Green Bay Packers would fare with Matt LaFleur taking over as head coach, how he would gel with Aaron Rodgers and how the new defense would take shape, they sit at 7-1 as they enter their Week 9 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers. Aaron Rodgers and the Pack clearly look like one of the elite teams in the NFC.

The Chargers have decidedly not looked elite this season, entering this matchup at just 3-5. Having said that, there is still experience and talent on this roster. Furthermore, a trip to California — even if the Bolts don’t have much of a home-field advantage — could prove to be a test for the Packers on Sunday in Carson.

Will the Packers keep rolling or is this a moment where they could trip up? Here are five bold predictions for the Green Bay Packers in their Week 9 tilt with the Chargers.

5. Packers bring down Rivers 5+ times

There hasn’t been just one singular problem for the Los Angeles Chargers this season. However, if you were to pinpoint one source for many of their issues, you would undoubtedly turn your focus to the poorly performing offensive line. Yes, they’ve only allowed 14 sacks on the year but that has more to do with Philip Rivers getting rid of the ball quickly than the play of the line.

That’s going to be an issue against a Packers defense that has been impressive with their pass rush. New additions Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith have been terrorizing opposing quarterbacks thus far, posting seven and eight sacks already on the year, respectively. With the pressure that Kenny Clark and the interior can also provide, Green Bay is going to get after Rivers.

As mentioned, the Chargers veteran quarterback has been great at getting the ball out to avoid pressure but, against this host of pass-rushers the Packers are set to bring, the immobile signal-caller likely won’t have time to do that on several occasions. It’ll be a big day for the Green Bay front seven as the group will combine for at least five sacks on the day, if not more.