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The \"Angry Chargers\" Myth

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The \"Angry Chargers\" Myth

I see a lot of chatter on the Internet about this weeks upcoming game against the Chargers and how the Packers are facing them at the "worst possible time" and that the Chargers will be "angry" after their blow-out loss to the Patriots on national TV. You know what I say to that?

Hogwash.

If anyone should be angry, it's the Packers. They are 2-0 for the first time since 2001, they have a stout defense and an improving offense and have only allowed 26 points in two games, yet no one is giving them a chance this week. Say what you want about the quality of competition, but Eli Manning is a better quarterback than Philip Rivers. The only thing Rivers has going for him is that he has the games best player taking his handoffs.

And that's the whole game right there. There's no way the Packers will take away Tomlinson with their defense. It just won't happen. But they CAN take him away with their offense. They need to get the lead early and hold onto it. Without the threat of play action, Rivers is an average quarterback. (Hell, Tomlinson has one third of the Chargers' touchdown passes so far this season.) He looks lost so far this season, and really fell apart when he needed to play his best on Sunday night.

Finally, there's one more reason the Packers have more than just a chance on Sunday: Mike McCarthy is a better head coach than Norv Turner. And it's not even close. Turner may be a brilliant offensive coordinator but McCarthy is pressing all the buttons that have seemed to elude Turner at all three of his head coaching stops.

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