Packers-Chargers: How we picked it
WESTON HODKIEWICZ (5-0)
PACKERS 31, CHARGERS 20
No question the Packers are banged up and their offense hasn't exactly been a juggernaut. Still, they're getting healthier and Aaron Rodgers historically has played some of his best football coming off down performances. The Packers' pass rush never has been better and the Chargers' offensive line has been ravaged by injuries and inconsistency, particularly on the interior. Phillip Rivers' ability to adjust at the line of scrimmage should make for an interesting chess match with defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who has the league's fourth-ranked passing defense at his disposal. The outcome probably comes down to who performs better: Rodgers or Rivers. I'll put my money on the NFL MVP to take the Packers into the bye undefeated.
RYAN WOOD (5-0)
PACKERS 35, CHARGERS 20
They haven't been as explosive as 2011, but the Packers have rolled with relative ease through the season's first five games. They are one of two undefeated teams remaining in the NFC, and their plus-56 point differential is the second-best in the NFL. They'll try to continue their momentum Sunday against the most uncommon of opponents. The Chargers feature a big-armed quarterback in Philip Rivers, but little else. They've been mediocre on defense and slightly above average on offense, which shouldn't equate to a win inside Lambeau Field.
PETE DOUGHERTY (5-0)
PACKERS 31, CHARGERS 17
It's always dangerous to underestimate Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who's admired throughout the NFL as an all-time competitor. But this has the makings of a tough day for San Diego. The Chargers' offensive line is such an injury disaster it's impossible to summarize.That and the Packers' rejuvenated defense will make it extremely tough for San Diego to control clock with first-round halfback Melvin Gordon and keep Aaron Rodgers off the field. The guess here is Rodgers will put the game away by early fourth quarter.
STU COURTNEY (5-0)
PACKERS 34, CHARGERS 23
The Packers won't look their best Sunday, but it will have nothing to do with the Chargers. The Packers will be wearing their alternate "third jersey," a navy blue and gold ensemble that the team says is a recreation of the "historic" uniform worn from 1937-48. Although the uniforms may be ugly, the Packers' play won't be. Their dominant pass rush will make life miserable for immobile quarterback Philip Rivers and an injury-riddled offensive line. Aaron Rodgers will bounce back from what he labeled an off day against the Rams and the Packers will move the ball effectively against a lackluster Chargers defense. Green Bay will coast into the bye week with a perfect 6-0 mark.
ROBERT ZIZZO (4-1)
PACKERS 27, CHARGERS 10
Chargers Park resembled an emergency room this week with five of San Diego's top six offensive linemen missing big chunks of practice. Combine that with the best Packers' pass rush Green Bay has seen in a long time, and you've got to be worried about San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers' health. Look for the Packers to emerge from their recent offensive funk against a defense that tends to give up a lot of rushing yards. This one should be over by halftime.