When the Packers and the Chargers take the field in San Diego on Sunday, fans will be seeing two very different teams in very different places.
Green Bay is 7-0 and coming off a relaxing bye week. "Fresh, live, lot of chatter… excitement... energy," is the way head coach Mike McCarthy described the team after Monday's practice according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
There is no excitement in San Diego following one of the most devastating losses in the franchise's history, on the big Monday Night Football stage, no less.
With the game tied at 20, the Chargers had the ball on the Kansas City Chiefs' 15-yard line with less than a minute left. A game-winning field goal was in the offing. The Chargers wanted to take one more snap to center the ball, but that snap was fumbled by quarterback Philip Rivers. The Chiefs recovered and went on to win in overtime.
"To blow it on a play -- something that never happens, that shouldn't happen -- we've got to find a way to bounce back here in a hurry," Rivers said.
And they have to find a way to bounce back against a well-rested, undefeated Packers team that will spend the week getting even better.
"We like where we are, but we're really focused on getting better," McCarthy said. "We have more to offer as a football team."
Good luck, Chargers.