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Chargers Vs. Jaguars: Defense Can Take Advantage Of Philip Rivers

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SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19:  Linebacker Daryl Smith #52 of the Jacksonville Jaguars sacks quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19 2010 in San Diego California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19: Linebacker Daryl Smith #52 of the Jacksonville Jaguars sacks quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19 2010 in San Diego California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars host the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football, but they'll be facing a quarterback in Philip Rivers who has struggled mightily this season. In last year's match up between the teams in San Diego, Rivers ripped up the Jaguars defense to the tune of 334 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rivers also threw two interceptions, which was uncommon for him.

That was last year, however. This season Rivers has already thrown 17 interceptions, more than he threw all of last season. He's also thrown just 16 touchdowns, almost half as many as he threw last season. Rivers has been off for much of the season and he'll be playing a Jaguars defense that has done a complete 180 defensively.

The team Rivers faced last year was one of the worst pass defense in the NFL. This season, with some key defensive additions in free agency, he'll be facing one of the best. The defense will be without starting cornerbacks Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox, who were both lost for the season, but the defense has still done a good job of limiting opposing passers.