The Packers have to come out of the bye and shut Philip Rivers down.

Is Philip Rivers injured?

Is Philip Rivers injured?

The questions are flying this morning about Philip Rivers.

The San Diego Chargers quarterback just doesn’t seem to be the same player he has been the past three or four years when he has posted the second-highest career passer rating  of 97.2 in league history for quarterbacks with at least 1,500 attempts.

Though there are those who are questioning his health during the first half of this season because he outright lied about a knee injury he had during the playoffs a few years ago and just doesn’t seem to be performing like he has in the past, the Chargers are still a formidable unit that has four wins.

So, when the Packers head to San Diego this week, they should be wary.

You and I know all the talk this week is going to be about his health, or lack thereof, and the second guessing is surely going to motivate Rivers … and considering the number of yards the Packers defense has been giving up through the air, this could be an opportune time for Rivers to show he is himself.

That is, if he is indeed himself and if he’s not hiding injuries for obvious reasons.

My point is that the Packers need to prove that they have solved their pass defense problems and there’s no better time to do it than this week against one of the premier quarterbacks in the league.

Whether Rivers is injured or not shouldn’t make any difference in the Packers’ outlook and game planning heading into Sunday’s match-up. The media doesn’t need to give Rivers any more motivation than he already has. Let sleeping dogs lie. Let the Packers go into Qualcomm Stadium and prove they are the best team in the NFL.

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