Five Packers to watch vs. Chargers in Week 9 matchup

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 15: Kenny Clark #97 of the Green Bay Packers reacts in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

1. Kenny Clark

One player who seems to be missing in action lately is Kenny Clark. To be fair, Clark doesn’t play a glamor position and racking up stats isn’t what he’s supposed to do. Clark’s job is to eat up blockers and create opportunities for others. Judging by the stats in run defense, he hasn’t quite lived up to the high standards he’s set for himself.

The Packers should expect a heavy dose of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler as the Chargers will look to make this week a get-right game for their duo of backs. The Chargers have injuries up and down their offensive line and establishing the run game will buy them time to pass.

If Clark can control the middle of the line, Blake Martinez and the rest of the linebackers and safeties will have a clear path to the runner and limit the gains. If Clark can chip in with a turnover along the way, it can help sway the game.

Clark has not had an impact play since Week 2 versus the Vikings when he had a sack and a forced fumble. After having 6.5 sacks in 2018, Clark can get back on pace with a better showing on Sunday.