Madden Daily recently previewed all of the preseason games that are featured tonight. We are now going to take a closer look at the Packers vs Chargers game. Do not be surprised if reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers sits out tonight. Starting left tackle Marshall Newhouse endured a concussion and will be unavailable. For a right handed quarterback, left tackle is actually the most important position on an offensive line. Even Sandra Bullock will tell you that they are solely in charge of protecting the quarterbacks blind side. The likely replacement, Herb Taylor, hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2008. If Newhouse was healthy, Rodgers probably would have played in a couple of series. Getting reps during the preseason are important, but I can see the Packers playing it safe tonight with a backup left tackle.
Green Bay’s defensive rookies Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy and Casey Hayward figure to get a lot of playing time against the Chargers tonight. In the next few weeks, the newcomers will try to prove to McCarthy that they are valuable assets to the team’s defense. In their first game under the lights, these rookies will look to take it up a notch and make an impression. Even if it’s against the Chargers’ 2nd and 3rd string offense, we will get to see how they react to pressure of their first NFL game.
The Chargers number one priority this season is getting off the field on third downs. This has been a major point of emphasis during Chargers camp. San Diego was the worst in the NFL on third down last season; giving up a first down on 49.2 percent of all third-down situations. That was the worst mark in the NFL in 16 years. Tonight we will get to see if John Pagano’s defense has helped in this crucial area.
With both teams having the talent and potential for a Super Bowl run, I believe this first preseason game is going to be the beginning of a great year to come.