Packers vs. Chargers: 4 Adjustments San Diego Needs to Make in the Second Half

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers scrambles during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 31, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers needed to bounce back this week, after a horrible loss to the Chiefs last week.

Things looked bleak early in the game after two Philip Rivers Pick-Sixes gave the Packers a 21-7 lead, but the Chargers pulled it together to cut the lead to 28-17 heading into the second half.

Here are four adjustments the Chargers need to make to pull off a huge upset today and hand Green Bay their first loss of the season.

Keep Rodgers in the Pocket

The Chargers have been doing a great job creating chaos in the pocket for the Packers, but they need to finish the job. They've let Rodgers run free for three different first downs.

Keep creating pressure in the pocket, but make sure that Rodgers goes down in there. Four sacks on Rodgers so far means they're starting to get the right idea. 

Get More Manageable Third Downs

San Diego is one of the best third down teams in the league, but the longer those third downs are, the more likely Rivers is to try and force a throw, which just may result in another one of his league-leading interceptions, like his Pick-6 in the first quarter.

Lean on Mike Tolbert

Tolbert is a physical, pounding rusher, which is a little different style than the Chargers are used to, but he's been having a lot of success so far in this game. Especially in these kinds of conditions, that's what will pay dividends.

Besides, the more the ball is in Tolbert's hands, the less it's in Rivers' hands.

Cut Out the Penalties in the Secondary

The Packers have been bailed out a couple of times thanks to holding or pass interference penalties by the Chargers secondary. Play tough defense on Green Bay's receivers, but you have to do it legally or it won't make any difference.