The game on Sunday between the Jaguars and the Chargers means more than a win or loss on Sunday. For some players, this game will be part of their resume for the future.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone got it right when he spoke about the next four weeks of the season. The production on the field, whether it is the Jaguars or their opponent the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend, will serve as part of that other teams may see of them, should they be looking for new employment after this season.
"“It’s really your resume that’s out there; you’re all professionals and you’ve got out there and play well,” he said via Jaguars.com."
Both teams are currently 4-8 and are dropping in the power rankings each week. The good news is that one of the teams will get a win this week. As Russell Baxter of FanSided.com wrote this week, the Jaguars continue to fall further down the list of teams attempting to salvage their season. They are currently 30th in the NFL according to his rankings.
"“The good news for Marrone and company was the fact that the club didn’t lose by at least 20 points,” Baxter adds. “But the Jaguars had to be disappointed by the play of [Nick] Foles and their defensive unit in general. [Gardner] Minshew came in and had some moments and it wouldn’t be a shock if the rookie signal-caller remains in the lineup.”"
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The news is a bit better for the Chargers, but that does not mean they don’t have their own issues to deal with. Baxter also writes Los Angeles is looking to once again beat a team it lost to two seasons ago, but still controls the overall series.
"“[Anthony] Lynn’s disappointing squad makes the long trip east to the Sunshine State to face the Jaguars for the second time in three years looking to get back to their winning ways in a series that dates back to 2003,” Baxter writes. “Two years ago, the Chargers fell at Jacksonville in overtime, 20-17, snapping the Bolts’ six-game winning streak in this setting.”"
The game at home this week could also play into the Jaguars favor. It gives the team a chance to re-energize the fan base with a good game. Fan favorite Gardner Minshew will start at quarterback. Philip Rivers, perennial Pro Bowl candidate (but not this season) and possible Hall of Fame candidate, will start for the Chargers. Both teams have weaknesses on the offensive line. This could be the reason why quarterback play for both teams has been suspect this year.
Jaguars rookie, Josh Allen, is having a great season. He has nine sacks and 25 tackles and could be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Chargers stalwart Joey Bosa has 8.5 sacks and 51 tackles. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2016 and has been voted Defensive Player of the Week in 2019.
The Jaguars Leonard Fournette is a force to be reckoned with for the Chargers. According to jaguars.com, he has 989 yards rushing and three touchdowns. In addition, he has 444 yards receiving. Wide receiver DJ Chark has 881 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. The Chargers will game plan for both of these star players.
On the Chargers side is wide receiver Keenan Allen with 864 receiving yards and five touchdowns. His fellow receiver Mike Williams has 778 receiving yards. Melvin Gordon has 468 yards rushing with four TDs in only eight games. Austin Ekeler has 380 yards rushing and three touchdowns and 718 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns.
Although both teams are looking ahead to changes for the 2020 season, they have talented players, which should make this game competitive. Is this a must win game? The Jaguars and the Chargers would love to finish this season strong, even though the playoffs are out of reach.