Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James is still feeling the sting that comes from losing a game in which his team’s offense had scored touchdowns on its last five possessions.
James and the rest of the Chargers' defense head to Lambeau Field wanting to make amends for the way they performed in a 41-38 loss to the Detroit Lions.
The Chargers (4-5) will be facing a Green Bay team that's starting to shed its reputation for slow starts. Now the Packers (3-6) need to become better finishers.
After scoring a total of 16 first-half points in a six-game stretch, the Packers reached the end zone on two of their first three drives Sunday while falling 23-19 at Pittsburgh. They lost due in part to their struggles whenever they got near the goal line.
The Packers have scored touchdowns on just two of nine trips to the red zone over their last two games.
Green Bay knows it can’t waste opportunities against the Chargers, who have averaged 31.7 points over their last three games but are ranked 31st in total defense. The Packers haven’t exceeded the 20-point mark since a 25-24 loss in Atlanta way back on Sept. 17.
The Packers continue to rely heavily on their rookie class, particularly in the passing game.
Jayden Reed, a second-round pick from Michigan State, has a team-high 417 yards receiving. Reed had five catches for 84 yards, tight end and second-round selection Luke Musgrave had two receptions for 64 yards and fifth-round pick Dontayvion Wicks had three catches for 51 yards against the Steelers.
That marked the first time in Packers history that three rookies had at least 50 yards receiving in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Chargers haven’t won at Lambeau Field since 1984 but have only played here three times since.
Game times is noon Sunday.