San Diego Chargers (2-8) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)
Sunday, November 29th, 1:00 p.m. EST
Kickoff Temperature: 75 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Jaguars by 5
The Jaguars are as healthy as they've been in a while and they're playing with confidence. Meanwhile, the Chargers will be trying to play the role of spoiler as their season was over about a month ago.
Keys to a Jaguars Victory:
1. Kick 'em while they're down. This season has been a complete bust for the Chargers and they're coming off a 30-point home loss. If the Jaguars jump on them early, they can remind San Diego that the offseason is coming in just over a month. It's a 10:00 a.m. Pacific start, and west coast teams tend to start slow. If the Jags get up two scores, there's a good chance the Chargers will pack it in.
2. Run it down their throat. These keys seem particularly aggressive, but it's more than just talk. The Chargers are 25th in the NFL against the run (125.9 ypg) and 31st in yards per carry allowed (4.9). Utilize T.J. Yeldon (even if it's in the red zone, gasp!) and let him eat!
3. Press the receivers. Malcolm Floyd is the only San Diego receiver that represents a deep threat and Philip Rivers makes his living going underneath. The Chiefs took away the underneath stuff last week and the Chargers offense was completely defunct.
4. Stay away from Verrett. Jason Verrett is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and he can take a pick to the house. Blake Bortles would be best served by just avoiding whoever he lines up against.
5. Blitz away. Although Rivers is a very smart quarterback, he isn't mobile at all and the Jaguars don't have to worry about overrunning lanes. Bringing some pressure could force the San Diego quarterback into some turnovers.
What to Look For:
1. Look for T.J. Yeldon to score. It's a bold prediction because Greg Olsen has avoided giving Yeldon goal-line carries, but everyone else in the Jaguars backfield has failed miserably in those situations. Don't overthink it, give the ball to your best running back.
2. Gates has a big day. The Jaguars have historically had trouble stopping Antonio Gates. After the future Hall of Fame tight end's worst game in years, the Chargers will make it a point to get him involved early.
3. Allen Hurns gets back in the end zone. After being shut out in the last game, Allen Hurns will have a big game which includes a touchdown.
4. Danny Woodhead catches six passes. Woodhead is a huge part of the Chargers passing game and he will be targeted plenty against the Jaguars.
5. Three straight wins for the Jags. It's a little scary picking the Jaguars to win a third-straight game, especially when they're a pretty significant favorite. With that said, the Chargers look miserable and can't wait for the season to end. The Jags help them get a better draft pick.