What We Learned Against San Diego

The Jaguars started off slow against the Chargers and things went downhill from there. Let's see how our keys to victory played out in the Jaguars 38-13 loss at San Diego.

Run the ball, control the clock. The Jaguars could do neither when it counted as they managed just 71 yards rushing. The Jaguars took an edge on time of possession as they moved the ball in the fourth period after the outcome was no longer in doubt.

Make Philip Rivers uncomfortable. Rivers was bothered, but only slightly. The strong-armed Chargers quarterback routinely got the ball out on time and carved up the Jaguars secondary for the most part. The Jaguars recorded just one sack and hit Rivers only twice.

Make someone other than Gates beat you. There were a host of Chargers and even Jaguars that helped beat Jacksonville Sunday afternoon. Although Antonio Gates wasn't alone, he certainly pitched in as the dynamic tight end caught five passes for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

No turnovers. I said NO turnovers. Jaguars quarterback David Garrard tossed four interceptions and Maurice Jones-Drew and Mike Sims-Walker each lost a fumble. Not the type of smart ball or production you'd like from your "Big Three."

Dominate special teams. The Jacksonville special teams was good, but there's only so much they could do. Running back Rashad Jennings blocked a punt and Josh Scobee connected on both of his field goal attempts.

Bold predictions:

Phillip Rivers will throw for over 300 yards. Rivers completed 22 for 29, for 334 yards, three touchdowns and a pair of early interceptions.

The Jaguars will allow two sacks or less. David Garrard was sacked just two times, and despite what public perception may say, the Jaguars offensive line did a solid job.

Mike Sims-Walker will lead the team in receiving. Sims-Walker caught 10 passes for 105 yards and the Jaguars only touchdown of the game. Although the former UCF star had a good game statistically, he did fumble once and dropped a potential touchdown pass from Luke McCown.

It David Garrard attempts more than 25 passes, the Jaguars will lose. Technically Garrard only attempted 22 passes, but four of which landed in the arms of Charger defenders. This caused Jack Del Rio to go to backup quarterback Luke McCown who attempted 20 more throws before being injured.

The Jaguars will beat the spread. The Jaguars were soundly defeated by not only the Chargers, but the spread.

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