The Jacksonville Jaguars have a chance to go 6-3 on the season if the team is able to beat the Los Angeles Chargers. Now, I don’t want things to get too serious here, but the last time the Jaguars started a season at 6-3, they made the playoffs (2007).
The Chargers are coming into the contest with just a 3-5 record, but after an 0-4 start, LA reeled off three straight wins before losing to the New England Patriots in Week 8. The team is coming off of a bye week and has played historically well against Jacksonville.
Speaking of history, allow me to get straight to the point of this article.
All-time regular season series record: Chargers 7-2
Last Jaguars win: Nov. 18, 2007 (24-17)
Last Chargers win: Sept 18, 2016 (38-14)
Current Streak: Chargers have won six straight games
Biggest Jaguars win: 24-17 (Nov. 18, 2007)
Biggest Chargers win: 38-13 (Sept. 19, 2010)
Interesting takeaway: The 2017 matchup marks the fifth year in a row that the Chargers and Jaguars play each other.
Quick thoughts: The Chargers have won seven of nine overall and the past six games in a row. Interestingly enough, the teams never met until 2003, but by the end of this weekend will have played seven of the last eight seasons (often because of the teams finishing in the same position of their respective AFC divisions). The Jaguars won the first matchup and two of the first three, but it’s been all Chargers ever since. The most memorable moment was probably when Maurice Jones-Drew knocked the “lights out” of Shawne Merriman on a block in the 2003 win.
Date: Sept. 18, 2016
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Team Stats: Jaguars — 329 passing yards, 69 rushing yards, 20 first downs
Chargers — 220 passing yards, 150 rushing yards, 25 first downs
Quick recap: This was just the second game of the season and it was a blowout from gate to wire. Jacksonville never led, and at one point the score was 35-0. Blake Bortles threw two interceptions and little did we know at the time that this would be the first of many games in 2016 where Bortles turned it over multiple times. Philip Rivers, as he usually does against Jacksonville, carved the secondary up for four touchdown passes and zero interceptions while completing nearly 71 percent of his throws. Melvin Gordon added 102 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Date: Nov. 29, 2015
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Team Stats: Jaguars — 329 passing yards, 102 rushing yards, 20 first downs
Chargers— 300 passing yards, 79 rushing yards, 24 first downs
Quick recap: This was a bit of a back-and-forth game in the beginning, but the Chargers were able to build a nine-point lead just before halftime and did not relinquish said lead after that point. Jacksonville shut down the Chargers’ run game, but it was once again Rivers who tore the Jacksonville secondary to shreds, passing for 300 yards and four scores. The Jags made it a one score game with about 1:20 left on the clock, but it was too-little-too-late.
Through the Decades
2000-2010: Tied 2-2
2011-Present: Chargers 5-0
Quick thoughts: Nothing illustrates the Chargers’ recent success against Jaguars better than their 5-0 mark since 2011. It is kind of amazing that the teams never saw each other in any of Jacksonville’s first eight seasons of action, but the two squads have grown plenty familiar since then. The Jaguars were able to split with the Chargers in the first decade of the 2000s, but it’s been a rough road since. Time for change, Jacksonville.
Let’s talk 2017. Philip Rivers has destroyed Jacksonville — a 6-1 record, 71 percent completion percentage, a 19:4 touchdown to interception ratio and a rating of 120.3. But this is a whole different Jacksonville defense and the unit will pose a big challenge for Rivers. In fact, this may be the best defense that Rivers has ever faced, and he has performed poorly against elite defenses. Jacksonville’s offense is also seemingly starting to click. I think the reign of terror from Rivers and the Chargers ends this Sunday and the Jaguars win.
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