'MNF' Was Must-See TV For Packers

Green Bay, already with a cushy bye, got to watch San Diego struggle in a loss at Kansas City on "Monday Night Football."

Facing an interconference opponent such as the San Diego Chargers, who are on the Green Bay Packers' schedule Sunday, happens as often as a presidential election — every four years.

In the run-up to the impending matchup at San Diego, however, Green Bay's read on the Chargers may be as insightful as it would be getting ready for a division opponent.

The coaches not only had an extra week to get a jump on San Diego in the midst of doing their self-scout work during last week's bye, but many of them were tuned in until late Monday night watching the Chargers' overtime loss at the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It's good to watch the Monday night or Sunday night game if you're playing that opponent that week or even a week or two out," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "You find out a little bit about the pulse of how they're playing, especially since they (were) playing Kansas City the second time (this season). We had an opportunity to evaluate their first game against Kansas City. You get a lot of information out of division opponents when they play each other, particularly a second time."

What looked to be a sexy midseason matchup when the schedule came out last spring now sets up well for the Packers to build on their league-best 7-0 record coming out of the bye.

The Chargers are slumping. They have lost two in a row as well as their hold on the AFC West lead, falling into a first-place tie with the Chiefs and Oakland Raiders at 4-3.

Besides the detailed coaches, the Green Bay players who took time out to watch the Chargers' late-game collapse Monday surely picked up on how their next opponent is struggling at the moment.

"Game film is your best tool to learn from, but it's always good to watch the TV copy," Packers safety Charlie Peprah said. "You kind of get a feel for the game flow, the emotions, how they're calling the game, how players react. It's just a different point of view.


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