Last year the Jaguars played two games on West Coast. Excuse me, they went to two slaughters and Jaguar was the main course. Outscored 61-3 in those games, fans went into catatonic states after both collapses. While the idea that the Jaguars don't play well in the Pacific Time Zone peaked last year, this isn't anything new. Taking a look at previous years, the Jaguars have never played well on the Pacific coast.
Granted, 7 games isn't the best sample size, but it shows the affect of coast to coast travel. The Jaguars are just 2-5 on the West Coast, with both wins coming thanks to the bumbling Raiders. On the other hand, when West Coast teams come to Jacksonville, the Jags hold a significant advantage
The Jaguars sport a 7-2 record when a team from the Pacific Time Zone has to come to Jacksonville.In the 16 cross country games in the Jags history, the home team is 12-4.It's clear that a whirlwind weekend trip across the country doesn't lend itself to playing good football. Hopefully Del Rio and company will have figured out something to help keep the team from losing it's edge.
For the Chargers, they'll be coming off the late Monday Night game vs Kansas City. They won't be getting back into San Diego into the wee hours of Tuesday their time, so prep time for the Jags won't start in earnest until Wednesday. Between the late prep time, a disappointing loss to Kansas City, and a likely blackout, will the Chargers end up sand bagging it on Sunday?
So then, which handicap will have a greater effect? The Jags cross country trip or the Chargers latent wounds?