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Cheese Curds, 11/17: Keenan Allen will test Packers’ secondary

The Chargers’ receiving corps is banged up, but its leader is dangerous all on his own.

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When the Green Bay Packers take the field on Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Chargers, they will be facing one of the NFL’s best — and often most underrated — wide receivers. Keenan Allen is consistently one of the most-targeted receivers in the NFL, and over a five-season stretch from 2017 to 2021 he had at least 136 targets and 97 receptions each year.

This season, Allen is tied for the NFL lead in total receptions and alone as the leader in receptions per game with more than 8. But he also is averaging his highest yards per reception since 2018. Even at age 31, Allen remains a major, consistent receiving weapon and is a focal point of the Chargers’ offense.

So how will the Packers deal with him? One factor is that the Chargers are likely to be missing a few of their other receivers on Sunday. Mike Williams and Josh Palmer, two of the Chargers’ other top wideouts, are on injured reserve. That may allow Joe Barry to roll more double coverage towards Allen, if he chooses to do so.

If Allen has a huge game, the Packers probably are not going to win Sunday’s game. But if they can keep him bottled up to some extent, they should have a shot.

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