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Scouting Report: Chargers at Jaguars
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The San Diego Chargers head cross country this weekend to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kickoff from EverBank Field is set for 10:00am PST
A Look Back At Last Week
The Bolts’ skid hit six as the Chargers fell 33-3 to the division rival Kansas City Chiefs. Philip Rivers set the franchise’s all-time record for completions as he passed Dan Fouts, but it was an off day for the offense as they set season lows in yards and points. A number of players returned to the defense, and three of them recorded sacks as Manti Te’o, Corey Liuget and Denzel Perryman each got to Alex Smith. It was the first sack of Perryman’s career. Meanwhile, Josh Lambo continued his strong rookie season as he connected once again from beyond 50 yards, this time from 52.
What to Watch For…
On Offense for the Chargers
Philip Rivers aims to lead a bounce back effort for the offense as the quarterback remains among the league leaders at his position. Number 17 ranks first in the NFL in completions (288) and attempts (420), second in passing yards (3,211) and completion percentage (68.6), and 10th in touchdowns (19). Stevie Johnson leads all active wide receivers on the team with 38 catches for 405 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead has 46 receptions for 530 yards and three receiving touchdowns to go along with 64 carries for 237 yards and two rushing scores. Melvin Gordon paces the running game with 129 carries for 450 yards.
On Offense for the Jaguars
Blake Bortles has taken a step forward in his second season under center. The quarterback has thrown a touchdown pass in 10 consecutive games, which is the second most in franchise history. Overall, Bortles is 218 for 386 on the year (56.5%) for 2,623 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 picks for an 81.8 passer rating. His top weapons are the two “Allens”, as Allen Robinson has caught 50 passes for 871 yards and seven touchdowns while Allen Hurns has 44 receptions for 716 yards and seven scores of his own. Tight end Julius Thomas has missed time due to injury this season, but the Bolts know how dangerous the former Bronco can be. On the ground, rookie T.J. Yeldon leads the Jaguars with 147 rushes for 585 yards and one touchdown.
On Defense for the Chargers
The Bolts aim to bring down Bortles, who has been sacked the third most of any quarterback this season (32). Jerry Attaochu leads the defense with 5.0 sacks and 17 QB hits, one ahead of Melvin Ingram (4.0 and 16). Number 54 does have a team-high 41 solo tackles and 12 tackles for loss. Eric Weddle paces the squad with 55 total tackles, one ahead of Manti Te’o (54) and two more than Donald Butler (53).
On Defense for the Jaguars
OLB Telvin Smith has been extremely productive for Jacksonville, leading the defense with 97 tackles and one forced fumble, while veteran MLB Paul Posluszny has 80. CB Aaron Colvin paces the Jags with 4.0 sacks while DE Ryan Davis has 3.5 and DE Jared Odrick 3.0. The Jaguars have five interceptions on the year, with Posluszny and CB Davon House leading the way with two apiece.
The Chargers and Jaguars have met seven times dating to 2003 and the Chargers hold a 5-2 series advantage. The Bolts have won the last four games in the series and the last two played in Jacksonville.
By the Numbers
For the year, the Chargers rank fifth in total offense (392.6 yards per game), third in passing (310.6 ypg), 30th in rushing (82.0 ypg) and 22nd in points (21.3). The Jaguars rank 23rd in total offense (340.1 ypg), 16th in passing (244.7 ypg), 24th in rushing (95.4 ypg) and 23rd in points (21.1)
Defensively, the Bolts rank 24th in total defense (373.4 ypg), 17th in passing (247.5 ypg), 26th in rushing (125.9 ypg) and 31st in points allowed (28.2).Jacksonville ranks 19th in total defense (357.5 ypg), 25th in passing (262.8 ypg), ninth in rushing (94.7 ypg) and 28th in points allowed (26.8).
Noteworthy vs. the Jaguars
Cordarro Law made his NFL regular-season debut against Jacksonville and his first sack came in the fourth quarter of that game against Blake Bortles.
In 2014, Philip Rivers was named FedEx Air NFL Player of Week after a team-record 24th-straight game with a touchdown pass Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville. He completed 84.6% of his passes (22 of 26), which is the second-highest of his career. In 2011, Rivers posted a season-high 146.1 passer rating in a 38-14 win at Jacksonville on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. That same night, he moved into second all-time in team history for career pass completions. He moved into first last week against the Chiefs.
In five career games against Jacksonville, Rivers is 4-1 as a starter and completed 72.2% of his passes (117 of 162) for 1,599 yards with 11 touchdowns for a 115.7 passer rating.
On Oct. 20, 2013, Jahleel Addae had his first sack against Jacksonville.
Ryan Carrethers made his NFL debut for the Chargers against Jacksonville in 2014.
Brandon Flowers had an interception off the Jaguars’ Blake Bortles when the Bolts and Jags met in 2014. Playing for Kansas City in 2013, Flowers had an interception and 32-yard return in the Chiefs’ season opener at Jacksonville.
On Dec. 5, 2011 at Jacksonville, Malcom Floyd had a season-long 52-yard touchdown catch as part of a 108-yard night versus the Jaguars. On Sept. 19, 2010, he had a season-long 54-yard touchdown catch during a 38-13 win over Jacksonville.
In 2013, D.J. Fluker was named Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of the Week after the Bolts’ Oct. 20 game at Jacksonville when he shifted from right to left tackle as injuries depleted the offensive line. The Bolts beat the Jaguars 24-6, as the line didn’t allow any sacks and helped block for a then-season-high 158 rush yards.
Corey Liuget tied his career high with two sacks in a 24-6 win over the Jaguars on Oct. 20, 2013.
In seven career games vs. Jacksonville, Antonio Gates has 33 catches for 343 yards and five touchdowns.
Playing for Buffalo, Stevie Johnson had his first multi-touchdown game on Oct. 10, 2010 vs. Jacksonville.
Playing in Dallas in 2010, Sean Lissemore made his NFL debut with three tackles and a half-sack in a game on Oct. 31.
Playing for the Jets, Kellen Clemens made his NFL debut against Jacksonville on Oct. 8, 2006.
Playing for New Orleans in 2011, Patrick Robinson had his first-career interception off Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert.
Milestones on the Horizon
Philip Rivers ranks 13th all-time with 271 career touchdown passes. He needs two more to move into a tie with Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, who ranks 12th with 273 and four more to move into a tie with Vinny Testaverde, who is 11th with 275.
Rivers ranks 17th in NFL history with 39,866 career passing yards. He’s 134 yards away from becoming the 17th quarterback in NFL history with 40,000 career passing yards. Rivers will play in his 159th career game on Sunday. Should he reach 40,000 in this week’s game, he will hit the 40,000-yard mark in the fourth-fewest games in NFL history. Only Drew Brees (152 games), Dan Marino (153) and Peyton Manning (154) did so in fewer games. Currently, the fourth-fastest to 40,000 yards is Tom Brady (162).
Josh Lambo has already made 18 field goals. He needs just three more to tie Wade Richey and Vince Abbott for 10th in franchise history.
Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman signed with Jacksonville in 2011 as an undrafted rookie but was waived at the conclusion of training camp.
Defensive end Ricardo Mathews is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He prepped at Parker High School.
Wide receiver Javontee Herndon is also a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He prepped at The Bolles School where he won a state title in football.
General Manager Tom Telesco prepped at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, New York. One of his teammates at St. Francis was Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell.
Chargers Assistant Special Teams Coach Craig Aukerman spent two seasons in Jacksonville, including 2012 as assistant special teams coach.
Jaguars wide receiver Bryan Walters spent time on the Chargers’ practice squad as an undrafted free agent for two seasons (2010-11).
Kicker Jason Myers is a native of Chula Vista, California. He prepped at Mater Dei Catholic High School and was named San Diego Section IV CIF Player of the Year.
Assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus spent most of the 2002 season on the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad.
Tight ends/assistant special teams coach Ron Middleton played tight end for the Chargers during the 1995 season.
Wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan began his NFL coaching career in 1992 with the Chargers.
Athletic Trainer Scott Trulock spent three seasons (1999-01) with the Chargers.
CBS (KFMB, Channel 8 in San Diego and KCBS, Channel 2 in Los Angeles and Orange County) – Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Solomon Wilcots (analyst)
Rock 105.3 FM, XTRA Sports 1360 (San Diego) and AM 570 KLAC (Los Angeles & Orange County) – Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Curtis Conway (analyst), Nick Hardwick (reporter)
Spanish Radio –XHFG 107.3 (San Diego) and KWKW 1330 AM (Los Angeles) – Jorge Villanueva (play-by-play) and Dante Lazcano (analyst)
All Chargers radio broadcasts are now being streamed live on the team’s official website, www.chargers.com. XTRA Sports 1360 Broadcasts with Josh Lewin (play-by-play) and Curtis Conway (analyst) will begin two hours before kickoff and continue for 90 minutes of postgame coverage.
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