The Chargers could easily have everything go right if they come out ready to play tomorrow. Philip Rivers has quite an arsenal of talent to pass to and the running game has more than one option. Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead both can run and catch the football. After a down year, Mathews has a career high in rushing yards. Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal, Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green have proved that they can all catch touchdowns.
The biggest thing to worry about is the corners. They have been burned all year and guarding A.J. Green will be tough.
Andy Dalton is a major question mark. He has to be efficient. If he turns over the ball, the Bengals will probably lose.
Rivers is one of the best when it comes to ball control so you don’t want to commit turnovers. Just like the Chargers, the Bengals have two capable running backs. One of them is rookie Gio Bernard who has quietly had a solid rookie season. If Green can get going and have a big game, then the Bengals should be unstoppable because nobody can guard him very well.
I think the Chargers will win this game 20-10.
The defending NFC Champions hope to get back to the Super Bowl, this year the road will be tough and it starts Sunday in Green Bay. For the 49ers one of the strong points is the offensive line. They will be leading the way for future NFL legend Frank Gore. Colin Kaepernick could be the X-Factor on offense. He will have weapons to pass to all over the field and he can take off and run.
On the defensive side of the ball, the 49ers are led by some great pass rushers that will look to disrupt the Packers offense. The 49ers should be able to control field position because of punter Andy Lee.
With Aaron Rodgers back, the Packers will be hard to beat. He is very efficient and can score quickly. Running back Eddie Lacy had a great rookie season. He proved that he needs to be considered among the elite running backs. Lacy is a slight favorite to win rookie of the year over San Diego’s Keenan Allen. Jordy Nelson is a wide receiver who could have a huge game. He probably benefits from Rodgers being back more than anybody.
Packers will win 24-17.
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