KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
SERIES: 3rd meeting. Series tied, 1-1. This is the Chargers' second trip to Jacksonville after losing there 27-21 in 2003. The Jaguars fell in San Diego, 34-21, in 2004.
PREDICTION: Jaguars 23-20
KEYS TO THE GAME:
The Chargers have been shut out in the second half of their past two games, and need QB Philip Rivers to start playing with more confidence and consistency. Part of the problem is the line isn't protecting as well as it did last season, and RB LaDainian Tomlinson isn't getting the consistent touches he should throughout the game.
QB David Garrard returns after missing three games, but the Jaguars' game plan won't change all that much. The Chargers are thin at defensive end and NT Jamal Williams is still trying to regain his form following surgery on both knees two games ago. RBs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew will lead the way with the league's No. 3 running attack averaging 142.0 yards per game.
FAST FACTS: For the second straight year, the Chargers have defeated both teams that played in the last Super Bowl. ... The Jaguars are 2-0 against the AFC West this season.
CHARGERS PERSONNEL NEWS:
--DE Jacques Cesaire (toe) didn't work on Thursday but will likely try on Friday.
--C Nick Hardwick (foot) is out at least one more game. He did some individual drills on Thursday. Cory Withrow will replace him.
--OLB Shawne Merriman (ankle) didn't work but is expected to play Sunday.
--CB Quentin Jammer (hamstring) was limited in his work but should play Sunday, possibly in the nickel and dime packages. He could start.
--OLB Shaun Phillips (groin) worked in a limited fashion, but will go on Sunday.
--OLB Marques Harris (toe) did not work and could be a game-time decision.
--S Eric Weddle (knee) didn't work and will try on Friday.
--WR Vincent Jackson (abdomen) was limited. He should be OK for Sunday.
--DE Luis Castillo (ankle) is out five weeks.
JAGUARS PERSONNEL NEWS:
--QB David Garrard wasn't on the injury report Thursday for the second consecutive day, so he figures to play Sunday against San Diego after missing three games with a high ankle sprain.
--K Josh Scobee wasn't on the injury report for the second consecutive day Thursday, so he may return to kicking duties after being sidelined since the opener with a quad injury.
--WR John Broussard missed practice for the second consecutive day Thursday with a sprained ankle and probably won't play Sunday.
--TE Greg Estandia (foot) was limited in practice for the second consecutive day.
--S Chad Nkang (thigh) was added to the injury report Thursday as limited.
--WR Ernest Wilford (hip) was added to the injury report Thursday as limited.
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