Jaguars vs. Chargers

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) vs. San Diego Chargers (0-1) Sunday, September 19th, 4:15 EST Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA Line: Chargers by 7; Over/Under- 45 Series history- Jags 2, Chargers 1 Last meeting: Jaguars won 24-17 in Jacksonville (11/18/2007)



The first place Jaguars place their perfect record on the line as they travel to San Diego to take on the winless Chargers. Here are the keys to the game for the Jaguars.

Run the ball, control the clock. The less time that Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is on the field, the better for the Jaguars. Jacksonville needs to run the ball with Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings to maintain drives and keep the clock running.

Make Philip Rivers uncomfortable. The Jacksonville defensive line did a great job of putting pressure on Denver quarterback Kyle Orton last week and they will need a repeat performance on Sunday. Rivers is one of the elite quarterbacks in the game and the Jaguars must hit him and keep him out of a rhythm.

Make someone other than Gates beat you. Antonio Gates may be the best tight end in football and he is the best weapon the Chargers have. The Jaguars must do whatever they can to force one of the San Diego receivers to beat them instead of Gates.

No turnovers. The Jaguars have historically struggled when traveling to the west coast and last time they played in San Diego things got out of hand early. Jacksonville will be playing in a difficult environment and they must force turnovers instead of commit them.

Dominate special teams. The Chargers coverage units were terrible on Monday night and the Jaguars should have a big advantage. Jacksonville has explosive return men and they are one of the best in the league in coverage.

Bold Predictions:

Philip Rivers will throw for over 300 yards. San Diego will throw the ball early and often, and it's likely that Rivers will have a big game.

The Jaguars will allow two sacks or less. The Jacksonville line is better than in years past and no Shawne Merriman should equate to a lack of pressure from the Chargers.

Mike Sims-Walker will lead the team in receiving. A week after getting shut out, Sims-Walker will be back with a vengeance.

If David Garrard attempts more than 25 passes, the Jaguars will lose. The game plan is to run the ball and control the clock. If Garrard is asked to do too much, the Jaguars chances of losing are increased greatly.

The Jaguars will beat the spread. The Jags are getting seven points, and we believe that it's going to be too many. This should be a one possession game and whichever quarterback makes a play at the end will be victorious.


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