Jaguars at Chargers preview

The San Diego Chargers host the Jacksonville Jaguars this week at Qualcomm Stadium. It is one of the tougher defenses they have faced this season and will be a test for an offensive line that has only been together for four games.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-1) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (2-2)
SERIES

 

JAGUARS

CHARGERS

LEADER

1-0

 

STREAKS

1-0

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Del Rio: 1-0

Schottenheimer: 0-3

LAST WEEK

L 24-17 vs. Colts

W 38-17 vs. Titans

LAST GAME

10/5/03: Chargers 21 at Jaguars 27.  Jacksonville QB Byron Leftwich passes for 336 yards & 2 TDs as Jaguars win 1st game under head coach Jack Del Rio.

LAST GAME AT SITE

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BROADCAST

CBS (1:05 PM PT): Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter)

 

STATS

PASSING

Leftwich: 69-113-709-4-2-83.5

Brees: 55-92-682-6-2-95.5

RUSHING

Taylor: 71-264-3.7-1

Tomlinson: 84-415 (3C)-4.9-3

RECEIVING

Ji. Smith: 13-269-20.7-1

Gates (TE): 23-249-10.8-1

OFFENSE

265.5

314.5

TAKE/GIVE

+2 (T3C)

0

DEFENSE

296.0

343.3

SACKS

Barnes, Peterson, Stroud: 1.0

Phillips (R): 2.0

INTs

Mathis, D. Smith (R): 1

Foley, J. Wilson: 1

PUNTING

Hanson: 42.8

Scifres: 43.6

KICKING

Scobee (R): 18 (3/3 PAT; 5/6 FG)

Kaeding (R): 28 (13/13 PAT; 5/5 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS:  Head coach Marty Schottenheimer was Kansas City's head coach when Jaguars' Del Rio played LB for Chiefs from 1989-91……QB Drew Brees owns AFC's 2nd-best 4th quarter passer rating of 125.5, completing 15 of 26 for 230 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs……RB LaDainian Tomlinson (6,655) needs 87 scrimmage yards to surpass HOF TE Kellen Winslow (6,741) for 4th-most in club history.  Last week vs. Tenn., Tomlinson gained 147 rush yards to reach 4,979 in career & surpassed PAUL LOWE (4,972) to become club's all-time leading rusher.  WR Reche Caldwell posted 110 rec. yards last week for 1st career 100+ yard game.  TE Antonio Gates tied for NFL-best 9 catches on 3rd down by TE.  Gates has made 1st downs on 15 of his 23 receptions, No. 2 among AFC TEs (Randy McMichael, Mia., 18)……

Offense has scored TDs on 8 of 11 trips (72.7 pct.) inside 20, 2nd-best pct. in AFC.  Club had TDs scored by 5 players last week for 1st time since 1994 (9/4/94 at Denver)……In past 2 games, defense has allowed only 109 rush yards.  LB Donnie Edwards & S Jerry Wilson pace club w/ 25 tackles.  CB Sammy Davis leads club w/ 5 PDs. 

JAGUARS:  Club is 4-0 for 1st time since 1998 when team finished 11-5 & won division title.  Head coach Jack Del Rio notched 1st career win versus SD (10/5/03)……Second-year QB Byron Leftwich is 8-9 in 1st 17 starts.  Club was 5-12 in 17 previous games before Leftwich……RB Fred Taylor stands 4th among current RBs in career yards-per-game avg. w/ 87.1 (min. 50 games).  In lone career game vs. SD, Taylor rushed 27 times for 87 yards & caught 3 passes for 77 yards, including 60-yard TD……WR Jimmy Smith (10,361) needs 12 receiving yards to surpass Harold Jackson (10,372) for 16th-most receiving yards in NFL history.  Offense is 5 of 7 (71.4 pct.) on 4th down conversion tries……Defense ranks 3rd in AFC in avg. yards on 1st down allowed (4.13) & allowing AFC's 4th-fewest yards per game (265.5) & 3rd-lowest yards per rush attempt (3.5).  Club has only permitted 1 play of 30+ yards.  LB Akin Ayodele & S Donovin Darius each have 28 tackles.  DT John Henderson has team-high 7 QB pressures……Kickoff coverage unit handing opponents AFC's poorest avg. drive start after KO (23.3)……


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