Associate editor Dan Parr makes his prediction for the outcome of Sunday's game between the Chargers and Bears.
Mistakes by Philip Rivers and poor pass protection from a banged-up offensive line have left the Chargers with problems that should look very familiar to anyone who watched the Bears in the first half of last season and the first five weeks of this season.
Chicago has a few injury concerns of its own heading into Sunday's game, but the Chargers are in much worse condition in terms of health, with one of their top defenders, OLB Shaun Phillips, already being ruled out along with WR Malcom Floyd and a couple of key Week One starters on the O-line. Several other San Diego starters could play Sunday, but they will be operating at far less than 100 percent.
The Bears' pass rush should swarm Rivers throughout the game, and it could be over fairly quickly if he doesn't take better care of the ball than he has to this point of the season. However, if Chicago's pass rush doesn't show up and Rivers has the near-flawless game that he's very capable of, the Bears could find themselves playing from behind.
Prediction: Bears 27, Chargers 17
Season record: 8-1