Report Card: Jaguars vs. Chargers

Scout.com rates the performance of the Jaguars against the Chargers

REPORT CARD VS. CHARGERS

PASSING OFFENSE: A
    David Garrard showed no signs of rust after his three-week layoff with a high-ankle sprain. He completed 15 of 24 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and a 114.0 rating. He's also yet to throw an interception this year.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus
    The Jaguars rushed 37 times for 122 yards while controlling the line of scrimmage. Fred Taylor had 85 yards on 20 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: A-minus
    They handcuffed Philip Rivers and intercepted him twice, including Sammy Knight's game-saving interception in the final two minutes. Rivers threw for 309 yards, but that figure was misleading as he had only a 67.6 passer rating.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus
    They held LaDainian Tomlinson to 62 yards, but the offense gets part of the credit because it got the lead and controlled the ball so Tomlinson only had 16 carries and couldn't get in a rhythm.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B
    The return of Josh Scobee was a factor in the game as he kicked a 48-yard field goal, which they probably wouldn't have even tried if John Carney had been kicking. And he bottled up Darren Sproles, who returned two kickoffs for only 7.5 yards. And while Adam Podlesh continued to struggle, he limited Sproles to 5.7 yards on three punt returns.

COACHING: A
    The Jaguars figured that Rivers couldn't beat them so they played eight in the box on first down to entice the Chargers to throw. The Chargers had eight first downs in the third period and passed on five of them. But when Tomlinson did run three times on first down in the third period, he was stopped twice for no gain and gained only four yards on the other attempt. With Tomlinson, who had 62 yards on 16 carries, bottled up, the Jaguars were able to keep Rivers contained as they picked him off twice even though he wound up throwing for 309 yards. Coach Jack Del Rio also was aggressive, twice passing up field goals on fourth-and-one on their first touchdown drive. That enabled the Jaguars to get a 10-0 lead and they set the tempo the rest of the game.


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