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Know Your Enemy Week 2: San Diego

It's important to know your enemy. With this segment, we'll be looking at the Jaguars through the eyes of San Diego and see just how it is the Chargers would plan to beat Jacksonville on the West Coast.

If you thought Jacksonville was frustrated about their loss on Sunday, take a look at the San Diego Chargers. San Diego blew a 21 point lead and lost in overtime to division rival Kansas City, 27-33. 

So they’re angry, and they get Jacksonville in week 2.

Is this a bad time to mention that San Diego owns the Jaguars? San Diego leads the all time series 6-2, and are on a five game winning streak against Jacksonville.

Speaking of owning the Jaguars, the Chargers do have Phillip Rivers, who is 5-1 against Jacksonville, and in those six games has only failed to put up 30 points twice. Against the Jaguars, Rivers is has completed 72.1% of his passes for 1,899 yards with 15 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. In six games, Jacksonville has only sacked Rivers 6 times. Oh and by the way, Rivers hasn’t thrown an interception against the Jaguars in four games, which dates back to 2010.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars defense last week wasn’t able to notch an interception and only managed one sack. Jacksonville’s defense allowed 27 points against the Packers…San Diego scored 21 points in the first half against a tough Kansas City defense that was one of the best in the league last year. 

Offensively, the Chargers are hobbling a bit after loosing Keenan Allen to an ACL injury in the first half of the Chiefs game. That would probably be a little more concerning to Phillip Rivers if he were going up against a pass rush that didn’t spend most of their previous game asleep. For the most part, Rodgers had all day in the pocket. Given that much time, Rivers would be dangerous, even without Allen. The most likely matchup Rivers would be looking to take advantage of is Antonio Gates across the middle of the defense. 

Defensively, there isn’t much of a reason for the Chargers to load the box. Jacksonville only managed 48 rushing yards on 26 attempts. Chris Ivory was only recently released from the hospital, and T.J. Yeldon was a virtual non factor in Sunday’s game. Given that, it would be easy to see why San Diego would drop back everybody into coverage and make the Jaguars prove themselves in the run game. If they can’t, it would make things all that much more difficult on Bortles. 

Going into Sunday’s game against Jacksonville, San Diego has probably three major concerns: the pecking order of their receivers, playing the entire game (as opposed to just the first half like they did last week), and which part of Ponte Vedra Rivers will be looking to retire to because he loves Jacksonville so much (or at least, playing against the Jaguars).  

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