An argument can certainly be made that Green Bay is undefeated through five weeks because of their defense. While that unit has been impressive in the last two weeks, they have yet to face an offense of San Diego's caliber. Ranked second in total offense, the Chargers pose a big threat that the Packers cannot overlook ahead of their bye week.
The defense could once again be the difference in this game. San Diego has the second-best passing offense, and third overall, through five weeks, but Green Bay has a pass rush that is capable of slowing them down. A big factor in this game will be what kind of rhythm Philip Rivers can get into. It could be a long day for the Green Bay secondary if Rivers is able to find early success through the air. Their offense is below-average running the ball, so expect to see a lot of creative blitz packages from Dom Capers, as usual.
Another thing worth keeping an eye on will be the use of the injured players across the board. With the bye week coming, it will be interesting to see how they manage some of the key contributors. On the defensive side of the ball, Nick Perry and B.J. Raji are both listed as doubtful and it is hard to imagine the coaching staff running them out there and risking further injury. Morgan Burnett was once again limited in practice this week and is listed as questionable. Wide receiver Davante Adams returned to full practice this week but has not seen significant action since Week 2.
This team has clearly been able to manage without the likes of Burnett and Adams thus far, but we will see if the coaching staff thinks they are ready. Regardless the upcoming bye week will be helpful for a number of players who have bee nicked up.