Shock & Awe. That's the phrase that keeps coming to mind as I write this. Phillip Rivers has made the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary his own little highlight reel during his career. He is 5-1 with 1,900 passing yards to go along with 15 TDs and 4 INTs. He does to the Jags was Brett Favre used to do to the Lions. That thing he does is "whatever he wants".
This year is different. Right? This time the new Jags defense will finally get pressure on Phillip Rivers. I mean Malik Jackson had quite a bit of success against Phil while in Denver. Oh he doesn't have his top receiver as well with Keenan Allen out after tearing his ACL. This year is different. Let's not forget about Jalen Ramsey. He all but challenged Aaron Rodgers to throw at him last week. He really didn't.
He is the shut down corner the Jags have been pining for. He was the key last week. Right? Not Prince Amukamara who took away 1/3 of the field and locked down Jordy Nelson throughout the afternoon. Plus Davon House is legit. He will step up and they won't miss a beat. After all this team has depth now. Yeah... This year is different.
Do the Chargers know that this team is better? Do they think the 2016 Jags are just the 2012 Jags with a new set of tinted windows and a subwoofer? Do they know that the NFL has come out and said the League office admits the officiating crew from last weeks Packers game missed 14 calls. Do the Chargers know this? Corey Grant all but locked up the 3rd running back spot after the first preseason game. In the open field he is dynamic and elusive. How can San Diego underestimate the Jags?
And I haven't even gotten into the other offensive weapons. Do the Chargers know that Julius Thomas and Marcades Lewis, in their new double tight formation, ate the Packers alive down the middle of the field? They have to know that Allen Robinson is a Top 10 receiver in this league now and his is just making Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee better. I mean the Packers double teamed A-Rob and he still ended up getting a nice chuck of yardage in the second half.
Do the Chargers know that NFL pundits everywhere praised the Jags in their lost last week. Do they know that if Allen Hurns can shake just 1 defender he scores and the Jags win?
Do they know that the Defensive Front is healthy?
Do they know that Telvin Smith is getting better?
Do they know that this team has a big veteran presence now?
Do they know that.... Hey....
The Chargers know. They know what they have to do to win. The question now is whether or not the Jags have the talent and depth to prevent them from doing so.