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Chargers: Why they will or won’t beat Packers

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers yells out in the second quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers yells out in the second quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 18: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers carries the football against Denzel Perryman #52 of the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 18: James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers carries the football against Denzel Perryman #52 of the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chargers: Reason they lose

If the rest of the secondary doesn’t come to play, Casey Hayward won’t be able to do enough on his own to stop Aaron Rodgers.

Michael Davis is a serviceable starter, but he is far from a legit No. 2 opposite Hayward. On the season (in the five games he actually started and finished), Davis has allowed 13 receptions on 17 targets.

But he isn’t the main concern. As it currently stands, the Chargers will be very thin at safety, and have recently promoted safety Shalom Luani up from the practice squad.

Can a depleted unit hold up against Rodgers? Probably not, and it’s going to make it very difficult for Gus Bradley to stop this offense.

Chargers: Reason they win

If the Chargers’ linebackers come to play, they might have a shot at stifling the Packers long enough to give Rivers a chance to put up points and get in front.

The Packers are going to attempt to run the football here, as the Chargers are giving up 122.8 yards per rush on the season. Though Rodgers is the star of the show, it’s expected the Packers try to take advantage of a porous run defense.

This is a game where Thomas Davis and Denzel Perryman need to earn their game checks.

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