Jaguars dismantle Chargers in Week 3 to remain at the top of AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The Jacksonville Jaguars achieved several significant milestones in their 38-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3. For starters, they won games in back-to-back games this season, a feat hadn’t achieved since beating the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets in consecutive weeks back in 2019.

Also, the Jags put an end to an 18-game losing skid and won for the first time on the road since they beat the Las Vegas (then Oakland) Raiders in Week 15 of the 2019 season. That’s a lot of accomplishments but the cherry on the top is that they get to stay at the top of the AFC South for at least one more week.

On the other hand, Jacksonville wasn’t the only team in the division that won. The Tennesse Titans took care of business and defeated the Raiders while the Indianapolis Colts pulled off an upset against Kansas City Chiefs, so even though the Jags got their second victory of the year, their lead is narrow ahead of Week 4.

The Jaguars took advantage of a Chargers team dealing with injuries

Justin Herbert suited up after popping up on the Injury Report with a rib cartilage fracture on the days preceding the game but you could tell that he wasn’t himself. On the other hand, the Bolts were without several of their best players, including cornerback J.C. Jackson, center Corey Linsley, and wide receiver Keenan Allen. The fact that edge rusher Joey Bosa and offensive tackle Rayshawn Slated had to exit the game didn’t help matters.

The Jaguars took advantage of the situation and didn’t take the foot off the gas pedal. After starting slow in the first quarter. The defense registered a couple of takeaways in the second quarter that led to 10 points on offense. Also, they limited the Chargers’ running game to 26 yards.

Running back James Robinson showed he’s an important cog and racked up 17 carries for 100 yards. His 50-yard touchdown run was surely demoralizing for a Chargers offense that had a hard time stopping Jacksonville’s rushing attack.

It’s also worth noting that wide receivers Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, and Marvin Jones all had a touchdown. Last but not least, this was the first time in Trevor Lawrence’s career that he threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Doug Pederson said when he became the head coach that it would take a while to turn things around but it looks like the Jaguars are ahead of schedule after beating the Chargers in such a dominant fashion.

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