NFL Nation: 2013 Week 7 SDG at JAC Rapid Reaction
October, 20, 2013
By Eric D. Williams | ESPN.com
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.
October, 20, 2013
By Michael DiRocco | ESPN.com
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.
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