The San Diego Chargers have defeated the winless Jacksonville Jaguars 24-6.
The Chargers’ offense continues to be the reason why they’ve won. Like last week, time of possession favored the Chargers. The Chargers had the ball for 37 ½ minutes versus the Jaguars’ 22 ½. The team’s biggest weakness is their defense but opposing teams can’t take advantage because Philip Rivers and the Chargers’ methodical offense keeps them off the field.
To contradict my previous statement, the Chargers’ defense actually hasn’t been that bad. They have not allowed a touchdown in 10 quarters of play. To be fair to my statement, one of those games was against the Jaguars. I still credit the offense for being the Chargers’ best defense.
With this game, Philip Rivers has passed for more than 30,000 yards in his career. He is only the 37th quarterback in NFL history to do so. He finished with 22 out of 26 completions, one touchdown with no interceptions, and 285 yards.
Ryan Mathews had another nice day. He finished with 110 yards but more importantly, he rushed for his first touchdown in 255 carries. This was Mathews’ first time he has had back to back games with over 100 yards rushing.
The Jaguars, well, they looked like a team that has earned its’ 0-7 record. Their first offensive possession looked promising as they entered Chargers’ territory. After a long completion to Jaguars’ tight end Mercedes Lewis that brought them to the Chargers’ 26-yard line, however, they were forced to punt after two consecutive sacks put them out of field goal range. They were able to drive deep into San Diego territory a couple times but only came away with two field goals.
The bye week couldn’t come at a better time for the Chargers with the injuries piling up. The team lost tackle King Dunlap midway through the first quarter with a concussion; his second of the year. Keenan Allen left the game with an injury in the third quarter but was able to return. He was noticeably less effective when he returned.
The Chargers now head into their bye week 4-3. The Jaguars are well on their way to being able to select first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.