Oct 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) is chased down after catching a pass by Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25) during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 35-19. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers: Can the Jaguars Finally Win?


Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts fullback Stanley Havili (39) is tackled by San Diego Chargers cornerback Derek Cox (22) and linebacker Larry English (51) at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Colts 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars shocked the world last Sunday by not getting blown out by the Denver Broncos in Mile High Stadium. As comical as that might sound, it actually was an encouraging performance for the Jaguars and one that hinted at the potential this team has.

This week the Jaguars return home to host the San Diego Chargers. Coming off a low scoring win Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts, the Chargers head into Jacksonville confident that they can get a win and improve to 4-3.

With a game against the San Francisco 49ers in London looming the following week, the Jaguars’ best shot at getting a win before the bye week is at home against San Diego. So, is it possible?

Yes. Vegas might not think so, but the Jaguars have the proper circumstances to challenge the Chargers this week. The Chargers are travelling across the country after a short week where they won in a rather tenuous manner. The Chargers weakest unit is their pass defense and they got a huge break last week with the Colts receivers dropping 4 passes at key times. The Chargers have 3 of the 10 lowest graded cornerbacks according to Pro Football Focus (former Jaguar Derek Cox included). Coincidentally, Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been an absolute beast since his return two weeks ago and should feast on these cornerbacks in the slot. The probable return of Marcedes Lewis should also help open up the passing game.

Additionally, the Jaguar defense looked relatively effective against the most potent offense in the NFL last week. The defensive backfield is starting to grow into a solid unit and the return of Dwayne Gratz should improve the group. If the Jaguars can get some semblance of a pass rush, they could keep the game close.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Jaguars head into Everbank this Sunday and get it handed to them by the Chargers, but it shouldn’t be surprising if they keep it close and eke out a win.

 

- Daniel Lago

Yell at me on Twitter @dlago89

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  • Bill Nichols

    Sorry Daniel (and that’s my oldest sons name as well), but, we gotta have this one. No way are we going to get trapped yet again, like vs the lowly Raiders. McCoy will have his coaches and players on high alert, I expect a huge game out of my Bolts this weekend. Finally I want a game that doesn’t make my BP rise. But by all means, please beat the Chiefs….. Bolt Up!!

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      They already played the Chiefs, in the first game of the season.

      Chiefs 28
      Jags 2

      • Daniel Lago

        Yeah we already lost to the Chiefs (sorry about that), but we’re gonna give you guys a tough game. Henne at least makes the offense functional, so who knows.

  • Tom Spalsbury

    Who are the Jag’s ?

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      They’re an NFL football team from Jacksonville, Florida that have had some pretty good players over the years, including their current starting RB Maurice Jones-Drew and WR Justin Blackmon. In the NFL, it really is any given Sunday.

      I know you were trying to be snarky, but you’re making us Charger fans look like A-holes with comments like this.

      • Tom Spalsbury

        Really ? Fuck you then Ass !

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          That’s about the response I expected. You don’t want to be talked to that way, stop being an ass.

    • Daniel Lago

      Google them.

      • Tom Spalsbury

        I know who they are.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    I can see it being pretty close. I think the difference maker will be the QB play, though, and I’d take Rivers over Henne every day of the week.

    I’d say… Chargers 28 Jags 20.

    That said, aside from this week, I’ve generally been pulling for the Jags this year. Hope they get their first win soon…just not this week.

    • Daniel Lago

      Ha I would take Rivers over Henne any day of week too, and it’s not even close. But yeah, I predicted it to be a close game in my other article. 23-17 Chargers

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