What We Learned Against San Diego

Charlie Bernstein analyzes what we learned: Jaguars vs. Chargers

Five most important things for the Jaguars:
    1. Contain L.T. - Tomlinson didn't have a huge day on the ground, thanks mostly to Chargers head coach Norv Turner and the Jaguars offense. 16 carries for 62 yards is great for the Jaguars defense. Tomlinson did catch five balls for 93 yards.

    2. Run, run, and more run. - The Jaguars showed nice balance and ran the ball 37 times for 122 yards. With the running game, quantity seems to be more important than quality.

    3. Make it a boring game. - The only time the Chargers offense scored was on short fields or their few big plays. The Jaguars really limited the highlight reel plays from San Diego.

    4. Get started early. - The Jaguars scored on their first three possessions and held a 17-3 lead at the half. They took San Diego out of their game plan.

    5. Protect your quarterback, attack theirs. - The Jaguars offensive line played as well as I've ever seen them, as they didn't let quarterback David Garrard get touched. Defensively, the Jaguars pressured Rivers a few times, but didn't record a sack.

What to look for:
    1. Antonio Gates will have a big game. - Gates was held in check for the most part. Four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown is about all you can hope for as a defense against the game's best tight end.

    2. Look for a lot of underneath passing by the Jaguars. - The Jaguars played their controlled passing game to near perfection, and were able to move the chains. David Garrard didn't miss a beat after being absent for three weeks.

    3. Look for L.T. to be involved in the passing game. - Tomlinson finished with five catches for 93 yards. If San Diego could've utilized him more, the outcome of the game may have been different.

    4. Look for the Jaguars special teams to come up big. - Dennis Northcutt set the tone with a 25-yard punt return, and the Jaguars allowed very little to the Chargers dangerous return man, Darren Sproles.

    5. Look for the Jaguars to win the turnover battle. - Garrard continued his turnover-free play, and the Jaguars forced two Phillip Rivers interceptions. Mission accomplished.



Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.


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