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Six Cold Hard Facts from the Jaguars Game
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 38-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars:
“It was huge. I’m happy that it happened again right away. Now we can just get that out of our mind, being up 21 and what are we going to do next time? I’m glad it happened the very next week. And it was the same, too. We saw Keenan (Allen) go down right before the half. Then all of a sudden now it’s Danny (Woodhead) right before the half. It was eerily similar of last week and with the way we were playing… At halftime we were like, ‘Well here we are again, up 21. Let’s make sure the outcome is a little different.’”
As the longest tenured veteran on the Chargers, Antonio Gates echoed a similar sentiment:
“In a season you always go through adversity. It is always a true test on what you are made of, especially after the loss we had the past week. You can’t say enough about the preparation that was put in throughout the week. That is where it starts; in preparation and obviously translating to Sunday. We were able to do that this week… Finishing is a big focal point of what we are trying to accomplish this season and it starts with this game and hopefully it will carry over to the next game.”
“With our defense, (the Jaguars) were 2-of-11 on third down so that was huge. We kept getting the ball back with good field position. We were backed up one time and we got out of that. It was good. Again, it was complimentary. We played complimentary football just what we did last week for the better part of 50 minutes.”
“(Gordon getting 100 yards) means a lot to us because it shows we are doing our job. And the way Melvin is running, he makes us want to do our jobs even better. We can see how confident he is. He is productive, and learning to set up our blocks. We are seeing the Melvin Gordon that tore it up at Wisconsin. He is getting over 4.0 yards per carry, and we believe in him. The coaches are putting a good game plan together. This is fun for us.”
“When you see one the leaders of the team go down that’s kind of heartbreaking. We just always seem to get that bug I guess every year. Guys are dropping like flies, and we’ve just got to figure something out. You play in this league and you understand stuff happens. It’s the beast of the game and you just have to be ready and guys just got to step up and make it happen.”
“He is one of those guys who is one-play away from going to the house. He is definitely one of the fastest guys in the NFL. You see him do things and it seems it is easy when you watch him do it, but the guys who play in the league, they understand how difficult it is to run past guys; especially when it is one of the best athletes on the opposite team. The way he is running past them, it’s unbelievable to see a guy with that type of speed.”
“I just kind of opened up and I used my speed to get in the end zone. It worked out. Last week I remembered I ran out of bounds on a couple of others, so this week I wanted to make sure I cut up and to tried to get in there…. When Keenan went down, we all knew we had to step it up. Everybody needs to try to fill the void as much as possible. He is one of the best receivers in the league. I think we all came in there, filled it and did pretty well.”
“We came out and just wanted to work and hold each other accountable. We wanted to go hard for 60 minutes and that was our mindset. That was what we came out here and tried to do.” Read