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Chargers jump on Jaguars early, coast to 38-14 victory

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Last week the Jacksonville Jaguars had a chance to edge the mighty Green Bay Packers, but came up short. On Sunday, the Jags had no chance against the San Diego Chargers and were hammered 38-14 in Southern California.

Last week the Chargers built a 21-point lead on the Kansas City Chiefs, but let the game slip away in overtime. On Sunday they also bolted to a three-touchdown lead, but instead of letting it get away, they played add-on.

Jacksonville was never in the game and were clearly unprepared for what the Chargers threw at them. Maybe the Jags were still on Eastern time and thought the game was supposed to start three hours earlier.

San Diego took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in eight plays to take the lead. Two second-quarter scores brought it to 21-0.

Jacksonville finally got on the board in the fourth quarter, but it was already 35-0. Not even two Blake Bortles‘ touchdown passes could provide any comfort.

Phillip Rivers threw four touchdown passes for the Chargers, while Melvin Gordon rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown. San Diego also forced three turnovers, converted seven of 13 third down opportunities and dominated time of possession by nearly 10 minutes.

A clear indicator of getting behind early is play selection. Bortles attempted 50 passes throughout the game, completing 31 for 329 yards and two touchdowns.

On the other hand, the Jags only attempted to run the ball 11 times for a paltry 69 yards. Their leading rusher was Bortles, who gained 34 yards running for his life from the San Diego pass rush.

Going hand in hand with the inability to run the ball is third down conversions. Jacksonville converted only two of 11 of those chances, giving the San Diego offense ample opportunity to pile up the yards and the points.

It was an ugly, lopsided loss, but as any coach would say; it’s only one loss. All they can do is point toward next week.

The Jaguars are yet again 0-2, but will try for their first win next Sunday against the 2-0 Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Field.

 

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Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

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