NFL: This week's previews
The NFL preview …
f the Chargers have any sort of hangover from their demoralizing loss in Kansas City, they better get rid of it quickly. On Sunday, the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers are in town, bringing with them the NFL’s only undefeated record.
Aaron Rodgers leads the league by far in passing, building on his sensational postseason and Super Bowl MVP performance. The Packers (7-0) are plus-8 in turnover margin, have 16 takeaways and carry an air of confidence.
They also come off a bye as they head to San Diego, where the Chargers (4-3) come off as deep a downer as any team can experience.
The Chargers lost 23-20 in overtime to Kansas City after quarterback Philip Rivers fumbled a center exchange deep in Chiefs territory, a likely winning field goal just seconds away before the bobble.
“We’ve got to move forward in a hurry,” Rivers said. “We’ve got a team that hasn’t lost a game since last December rolling in here. There’s no time to dwell on the past because we can’t change it. But we can have an impact on this game this weekend.”
Rodgers feels for Rivers.
“As a quarterback … you take the blame often when it’s not your fault, and you try to deflect the credit. So it’s difficult to lose, but I know they’ll be ready to go this weekend.”
They’d better be.
Also Sunday, it’s Baltimore at Pittsburgh, the New York Giants at New England, San Francisco at Washington, Tampa Bay at New Orleans, New York Jets at Buffalo, Cleveland at Houston, Cincinnati at Tennessee, Denver at Oakland, Miami at Kansas City, Atlanta at Indianapolis, Seattle at Dallas, and St. Louis at Arizona.
On Monday night, Chicago is at Philadelphia.
Off this week are Carolina (2-6), Detroit (5-2), Jacksonville (2-6), and Minnesota (2-6).