Jaguars Five Keys to winning in San Diego

JACKSONVILLE FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Robert Ayers #56 of the Denver Broncos attempts to tackle Mike Thomas #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the NFL season opener game at EverBank Field on September 12 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

There are five things that need to happen to ensure a Jaguars victory against the San Diego Chargers. Not all five things need to happen, but a majority of them do.

David Garrard needs to play efficient football.

David doesn't need another three touchdown performance. While it would be nice, it's not realistic to expect it. If Garrard can however play as efficient as he did last week and play mistake free football, the Jaguars offense will be in very good shape.

Mike Sims-Walker needs to be involved.

The Jaguars were able to win last week against the Broncos with Mike Sims-Walker being targeted only two times and having exactly zero catches, but I wouldn't expect that to become the norm. It opened things up for guys like Mike Thomas, but he's the best wide receiver on the football team and he'll need to be a vital part of this offense to have success.

Hit the quarterback.

The Jaguars were able to hit Kyle Orton 11 times last week, sacking him three times. As I've said numerous times, sacks aren't so much important as hitting the quarterback is. The game sealing interception against the Broncos was caused because Orton was knocked around. He rushed his pass to Eddie Royal and was intercepted by Daryl Smith. Why'd he rush the pass? He could feel Aaron Kampman coming to knock him on the ground, again.

Limit Antonio Gates.

The Jaguars don't have to stop tight end Antonio Gates, just limit him. He's going to get his yards and he'll probably score a touchdown, but they cannot let him make backbreaking catches. He'll likely be in a Smith & Smith sandwich on Sunday, so he'll need to be slowed down. Make another receiving option beat you.

Score points.

It's as simple as that: Score points. I believe the Jaguars were 1 for 1 on redzone trips last week, with a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis. In order to win the football game on the road, the Jaguars will need to score points when they're available, and I mean touchdowns not field goals.

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