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Key Matchups: Chargers at Packers
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Here are five keys to the game heading into Sunday’s match between the San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers:
“He’s got a strong arm, bright mind, great feet, great awareness and a great hard count that you can’t listen to. He does everything well. He sees everything well. He knows where to go with the football and some of the throws that he puts in there are just unbelievable. He’s one of the best, and he’s a great talent. You actually get caught up a little bit watching the film (with) how he does things. But he takes his chances and puts the football right in there where it needs to be.”
As one of the team captains and the leader of the secondary, Eric Weddle will be one of many tasked with limiting Rodgers’ aerial assault. Entering his 130th career game, the Pro Bowl safety says although they are facing one of the NFL’s best, the team’s preparation won’t change:
“This is a great challenge because he’s the best quarterback in the league, but we don’t change our approach or the way we prepare. We just know what we’ve got to go against.”
“(Green Bay) obviously gets off to good starts. The type of football team they have speaks for itself.(Fast starts) are something you always talk about as an organization whether it’s starting defensively, in the kicking game or on offense; getting off to a good start and letting it roll over for 60 minutes.”
“It will be fun to play back in Wisconsin. That is my state, where I was born and raised so it will be cool to play there…. Regardless of where I’m at, if I get in the end zone I’ll be happy. One, I’ll get my first touchdown and two, we’ll put points on the board. It would be really exciting if I get to do it in front of all my family members though. ”
“It’s a matter of each player winning their one on one battles, picking up the games and seeing things before they happen. Then it’s about receivers getting in the right spot quickly and understanding when the pressures come, and when you see things, is there a hot throw (or) is there a sight adjustment? There’s a number of things that go into it. It’s not just the guys up front, but it’s the receivers winning and creating separation if it’s vs. man coverage so there’s a number of things. It’s all part of game planning.”
“He’s a big, physical back that runs hard. You need to swarm tackle him. You’ve got to get guys around him at all times. He’s somebody that hits the hole downhill and moves people off the pile. He’s somebody that we’ve got to make sure we do a good job of tackling. "