Chargers vs Packers : When the NFL schedule was released in April, it appeared the Green Bay Packers could run into guillotine facing the AFC West.
When: 03 Sunday 2019
TV: NFL Network
Kansas City was coming off a 12-win season and was the AFC’s No. 1 seed in 2018. The Los Angeles Chargers won 12 games a year ago, then whipped Baltimore in their playoff opener.
And after productive offseasons, Oakland and Denver appeared much stronger than the previous year.
Of the AFC’s four divisions, the West looked like the strongest. By late Sunday evening, though, Green Bay could be celebrating a clean sweep of the division.
The Packers have already posted wins over Kansas City, Oakland and Denver. Now, Green Bay travels to Los Angeles, where as many as 80% of the spectators inside 25,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park are expected to be Packers’ fans.
“We’re hearing it could be like another home game,” Packers cornerback Tramon Williams told Conley Media this week. “We know how Green Bay fans travel, and if a lot of them come out to Los Angeles with us, that would be great.”
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers look to stay hot when Green Bay travels to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers on Sunday. Running back Aaron Jones had another monster game with 159 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 31-24 victory against the Chiefs, Green Bay’s fourth win in a row. Jones had seven receptions as Rodgers continues to find ways to win without top receiver Davante Adams (toe), who remains questionable. The Chargers battled the Bears to the wire last week and came away with a 17-16 victory when Eddy Pineiro missed a 41-yard field goal as time expired. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET. Green Bay is a 3.5-point favorite, while the Over-Under for total points scored is 48.5 in the latest Packers vs. Chargers odds. Before you make any Chargers vs. Packers picks of your own, you need to see what SportsLine’s R.J. White has to say.
White has been SportsLine’s top pro football analyst for two-plus seasons. Over that span, the CBS Sports NFL editor and nationally-recognized NFL Draft expert has gone 265-218-22 on NFL against the spread picks, returning $2,335 to $100 players.
The stats guru, whose picks are coveted by fans everywhere, has hit it big in the world’s most prestigious handicapping tournament, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, twice in the past four years. More importantly, he has had a particularly keen eye for the Packers. In fact, he has hit 29 of his last 34 picks involving Green Bay, and anyone who has followed him is way up.
As Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers face off for the third time in their careers, fans will once again be witnessing two generational quarterbacks going head to head.
“They’re both franchise quarterbacks (and) future Hall of Famers,” head coach Anthony Lynn said. “There’s a lot of similarities. Both guys are well prepared and it’s like having another coach on the football field.”
While Lynn appreciates the greatness of both QBs, Rivers understands the weight that matchups like these hold, as each quarterback is often pushed to be their best.
“I’ve always thought it was special and meant a little somethin’ when the quarterback over there is the caliber of player Aaron is over the years,” Rivers said. “It’s awesome. You even more so know, we better not have one first down with three minutes left in the second quarter like we had last week, or it’ll be ugly. I’ve certainly respected his game and been in awe of it at times with some of the throws and things he’s done over the course of his career.”