GREEN BAY – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Chargers QB Philip Rivers square off for the third time Sunday, the most head-to-head matchups for Rodgers against an AFC quarterback playing for the same team.
Here are five things to watch.
1. Big numbers: Speaking of Rodgers-Rivers matchups, through the first two meetings, the winning quarterback has thrown for a combined 502 yards, and the losing one has thrown for 888 yards. The Packers have both victories, but Rivers has lit up Green Bay in trying to bring his team back from big deficits. His 503 yards passing in 2015 mark the second-highest total in Lambeau Field’s history.
2. Triple digits: Rodgers has reached the halfway point of 2019 by posting a passer rating above 100 in six of eight games. Comparing to his MVP years, Rodgers’ passer rating was in triple digits in 13 of 15 starts in 2011, and in 11 of 16 in 2014. He’s on a similar pace.
3. The return: All indications are the Packers will be getting WR Davante Adams back from his month-long absence due to turf toe. Even with missing the last four games, Adams is still second on the team in receptions and receiving yards (25 for 378), and he had 10 catches for 180 yards the last time he played. He hasn’t found the end zone yet this year, though, after three straight double-digit TD seasons.
4. Who’s next?: RB Aaron Jones added to the list of the Packers’ 100-yard outings last week with 159 receiving yards at Kansas City (he had a total of 226 yards from scrimmage). Jones already had two 100-yard rushing games to his credit, while Jamaal Williams has one as well. Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have topped 100 yards receiving in a game this year. So who’s next? TE Jimmy Graham? WRs Geronimo Allison, Allen Lazard or Jake Kumerow? It may be more difficult for someone else to break out with Adams coming back, but you never know.
5. Singular success: The Packers have a better winning percentage against the Chargers, .909, than against any other team in their history. Green Bay is 10-1 against the San Diego/LA franchise dating back to the first meeting in 1970. The Chargers’ only win in the series came in 1984, at Lambeau Field, and the Packers have won the last seven straight.