November 6, 2011 in Sports

Chargers face big challenge

Struggling San Diego hosts undefeated Pack
Barry Wilner Associated Press
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Chargers’ Philip Rivers, left, has thrown league-high 11 interceptions this season, yet San Diego remains tied for AFC West lead at 4-3.
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If the Chargers have any sort of hangover from their demoralizing loss in Kansas City, they better get rid of it quickly. Today 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 befitting a champion.

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. It’s about as exciting as it gets, playing a team that hasn’t lost this season, won it all last year. We get to play at home for the first time in a month, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Although he hasn’t experienced anything like that painful defeat recently, Rodgers feels for Rivers.

“I’m a competitor, so I hate losing. Those are tough weeks,” Rogers said. “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.

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