Chargers prepare for Packers' pass rush

The Packers aren't playing around when it comes to those sack totals.

Evaluate these two statements:

Through five games this season, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been sacked 14 times, fourth-most in the league.

Through five games this season, the Packers defense has notched 20 sacks, second best in the league (just behind the Denver Broncos, with 22).

Carry the one, add the two, subtract the five, but however you want to slice it, the calculations aren't good for Rivers and his patchwork offensive line.

That's the NFL, though. The numbers are what they are. Rivers and Co. will have to find a way.

"The ability [of the Packers] to get after the quarterback and create pressure, the way they fly around on defense, all 11 guys are working together," head coach Mike McCoy said Wednesday. "You don't see a lot of breakdowns on film."

Here are some more fun facts:

Linebackers Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews and Nick Perry have combined for 13.5 sacks this season.

Sixteen of the team's 20 sacks have come in the last three weeks.

The three quarterbacks who have more sacks than Rivers -- Russell Wilson (22), Alex Smith (21) and Colin Kaepernick (16) -- have already faced the Packers this season.

And it's not just sacks, it's pressure and hits, too. Last week, Rams quarterback Nick Foles was hit 14 times in the loss to Green Bay.

"[Against the Rams] we did a number of pressures with which we were able to get after the quarterback and hit him early," Clay Matthews said. "You’ve got to think that affected him for the rest of the game. We really liked what we were able to do as far as getting after the quarterback and letting our guys sit back there and cover the receivers. We work in tandem with them. Last week we were having success."

Rivers will be working behind an offensive line that continues to battle through injuries (see video above). It remains to be seen who will be ready for Sunday's game, and whether they can get a starter or two back on the line.

"It's a heck of a challenge," Rivers said Wednesday, when asked about facing the Packers.


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