Sunday, October 20, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Jacksonville Jaguars
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 24-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers:
What it means: The Jaguars have not exactly been playing well all season, but they’ve been particularly ineffective in their three home games. How bad? The six points were a season high in a home game, and they’ve been outscored 89-11 in three games at EverBank Field. The Jaguars haven’t scored a touchdown at home since 9:34 remained in the first quarter of a Week 16 loss to New England last season.
Stock watch: Jacksonville’s defense couldn’t get off the field. The Chargers went with a dink-and-dunk approach and methodically marched down the field all day. The first four scoring drives all lasted at least 10 plays and were at least 79 yards. Three of the four took at least 6:08. Philip Rivers started the game 14-for-14, and the Chargers converted their first six third-down attempts before finally failing. Even when the defense made plays, it ended up hurting itself. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, wiping out a third-and-33 and giving the Chargers a first down. That drive eventually ended with a touchdown and a 14-0 Chargers lead.
Replay issues: The Jaguars were burned once because they couldn’t get a replay and a second time when a call wasn’t overturned that probably should have been. It appeared that Keenan Allen was touched down by Alan Ball on a sliding catch, but he got up and ran for an additional 20 yards. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley failed to call a timeout in time to challenge the play. Officials did review a play in which Antonio Gates appeared to fumble inside the 5-yard line but did not overturn the call. San Diego kicked a field goal on the next play.
What’s next: The Jaguars play host to the San Francisco 49ers in London next Sunday.