Keys To A Jaguars Victory
Win the turnover battle. With a rookie quarterback making his first start, winning the turnover battle against a Pro Bowl quarterback on a playoff team, on the road would be a tall order. The Jaguars committed three turnovers and didn’t force any.
Press up on the Chargers receivers. The Jaguars were equal opportunity defenders as they allowed short passes and long throws over the top. There really wasn’t a single route that Jacksonville defended particularly well.
Air it out. The Jaguars took some deep shots early but then struggled mightily to get the football to their wide receivers. They did go for some fourth downs so at least there was some gambling by the underdogs.
Play in front of the sticks. The Jaguars didn’t win all that much on first down but they did by and large avoid a lot of negative plays. It would’ve been nice to establish some sort of running game but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be in the cards.
Stop the tight end. Jacksonville dedicated Jonathan Cyprien to covering Antonio Gates for much of the game and it worked. Gates had just three catches for 30 yards. Unfortunately, Cyprien is the only safety with cover ability and it allowed for deeper passes all over the field.
What We’ll Be Saying on Monday
Blake Bortles was up and down. That was pretty accurate as Bortles had some brilliant plays, showed an accurate arm and an ability to escape pressure. With the good came the bad and there was a pair of Bortles interceptions as he tried to force balls into coverage.
Where was the rush? After a sack on the first Chargers possession the Jaguars registered just one more. They only had five hits on Philip Rivers.
Still no sign of a running game. Toby Gerhart was the Jaguars leading rusher with 10 carries for 32 yards. As a team they ran for just 85 yards on 25 carries, with 24 of those yards coming from Blake Bortles. There are still few holes to run through.
Allen Robinson showed up. The Jaguars rookie receiver was targeted seven times and caught five passes for just 38 yards, as much of his involvement was via the bubble screen.
The Jaguars played hard. There was certainly no quit in the team, but they simply don’t have the talent to compete with teams like San Diego, especially on the road.