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Danny Woodhead presents a challenge for Jaguars defense

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The San Diego Chargers lost wide receiver Keenan Allen for the season in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, which was one of the big swings in the game. You could tell the Chargers were a completely different team on offense once Allen was out of the game, which is to be expected since he's one of the top receivers in the NFL.

With Allen out for the season, the biggest threat the Jaguars will need to be concerned with on Sunday is running back Danny Woodhead. He didn't do much against the Jaguars last season, just eight rushing yards and 39 receiving yards, but his ability as both a runner and a receiver can help pick up important first downs to keep drives alive.

"I think last year you saw him [Woodhead] more just in the passing game where now they're getting him more involved in the running game," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said about the challenge Danny Woodhead presents on Wednesday. "I think everyone is aware of him. He can take a short gain and make it into a big gain. Coming out of the backfield as a pass receiver he is very, very talented, but now to see him run inside the box, that's where he has showed up. He has done a really good job. Really north and south. He can make people miss, but has the ability to accelerate."

The receiving threats for the Chargers sans Allen are... not great, which means that if the Jaguars can shut down Woodhead and the Chargers running game, it could be a long day for the Chargers offense. The Chargers still do have Antonio Gates, but at 36 years old he's clearly not the player he once was.

Controlling someone like Woodhead, especially in the passing game, will be key for Sunday's game, which is a game the Jaguars almost must win if they want to keep any hopes for the playoffs alive. The odds of making the playoffs after an 0-2 start drop off significantly.