The NFL preseason is in full swing in week one and the Green Bay Packers and the San Diego Chargers are the marquee game on ESPN. The game will kick off on Thursday August 9th and feature two teams that have high expectations for the upcoming season.
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy realizes that he has a Super Bowl contender with Aaron under center and he will make sure that he stays healthy. McCarthy has only produced a 12-12 preseason record and just two winning preseasons in the last six years.
Early in camp Rodgers looks like he is in mid-season form as he is already in sync with his talented wide-outs to include Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Donald Driver and Randall Cobb. His early acclimation to form could mean a short time on the field for Rodgers. The Packers have concerns on depth on the offensive line. That concerned is echoed by Chad Reuter of NFL.com.
The team couldn't rely on left tackle Chad Clifton's knees to stay stable any longer, so they released him in April. Marshall Newhouse is no stranger to the position, as he played on the blind side at TCU and started 10 games there in 2011 for the Packers. During practice, he had some mixed success against sack master Clay Matthews, but he should be serviceable. The rest of the starting five is set with right tackle Bryan Bulaga and right guard Josh Sitton dominant at times, and left guard T.J. Lang and new center Jeff Saturday capable of getting the job done. But if any one of those players go down, only guard/center Evan Dietrich-Smith has shown any real ability to capably fill in. It's unclear if Derek Sherrod will be healthy and effective enough to be part of a new lineup if an injury upsets the apple cart.
Norv Turner’s preseason record is not much better (15-13) but the pressure is on the Chargers to win this season and that starts with preseason play.
Phillip Rivers is determined to make this a season to remember for the Chargers. Ryan Matthews was involved in an auto accident, but as looked great in camp and shows no ill effect from the incident. Antonio Gates has shown up at camp looking like he is in the best shape of his career and ready to produce in this offense.
The Chargers are eager to win, even in the preseason and they will be prepared to put up a “W” in the exhibition game against the Packers and cover the small number.
NFL Preseason picks against the spread: Chargers -2.5