Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday Warm-up: Kick them while they’re down


The Jacksonville Jaguars host the San Diego Chargers this weekend and the two franchises couldn’t have more different prospects moving forward.

The Jaguars are sitting at 4-6 with wins in 3 of their last 4 games while the Chargers are reeling with a 2-8 record. Right now, the Chargers are slated to have the number one overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

In regards to the fanbase, it’s hard to blame the fans for some apathy given the almost inevitable move from San Diego to Los Angeles.

After a 33-3 beatdown at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s all but certain that head coach Mike McCoy will be let go at the end of the season if not sooner.

So what’s the point in this entire diatribe?

The San Diego Chargers are a bad team in a bad place right now, and there is no reason the Jaguars shouldn’t win this game.

Yes, the Chargers have Philip Rivers, a hall of fame caliber quarterback who has historically shredded the Jacksonville secondary, but he can’t salvage the disaster that has unfolded in San Diego.

Rivers is without his top two receivers (Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd), his tight end wants to beat his ass and is in the twilight of his career, his high-pedigree, first round running back has been a massive disappointment, and his offensive line is in complete disarray.

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Defensively, the Chargers have absolutely nothing to hang their hat on. Their secondary has been underwhelming despite some solid players in Eric Weddle and Jason Verrett, and their defensive line has failed to generate a pass rush all season.

It’s silly to guarantee a victory here because Philip Rivers is just too good, but the Jaguars couldn’t have asked for a more ripe opponent as they try to string together some wins and compete for a playoff spot.

The Chargers are down for the count – it’s up to the Jaguars to make sure they don’t get up.