Sunday, October 20, 2013
Rapid Reaction: San Diego Chargers
By Eric D. Williams
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 24-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars:
What it means: The Chargers won consecutive games for the first time this season and go into the bye week above the .500 mark for the first time in 2013 (4-3 overall).
Rivers makes history: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers completed his first 14 passes, which is a franchise record. He also became the 38th quarterback in NFL history to eclipse 30,000 career passing yards. Rivers finished 22-for-26 for 285 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal.
O-line shuffle: With only seven offensive linemen active for the game, the Chargers finished the contest with six healthy enough to play. Starting left tackle King Dunlap suffered his second concussion of the season in the opening quarter, and his replacement, Mike Remmers, went down four plays later with an ankle injury. Remmers could have, but did not go back into the game. Rookie D.J. Fluker moved from left tackle to right tackle. Jeromey Clary moved from right guard to right tackle. And Rich Ohrnberger came off the bench to play right guard.
How about that defense? San Diego defensive coordinator John Pagano's unit proved last week’s effort against Indianapolis was not a fluke, limiting the Jaguars to six points and 353 total yards. The Chargers sacked Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne six times, including two by Thomas Keiser, who was playing in place of starting outside linebacker Jarret Johnson.
Mathews reaches century mark: For a second straight game, running back Ryan Mathews topped 100 yards rushing. Mathews finished with 110 rushing yards on 21 carries, including a 3-yard run for a score. The touchdown was Mathews’ first scoring run of the season and first since Week 5 of last year.
What’s next: The Chargers will take the week off before traveling to take on Washington at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 3.