JACKSONVILLE – Monday Night football and Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew await the Chargers.
Jacksonville (3-8) also has a stingy defense ranked fourth in the NFL, a rookie quarterback still trying to find his sea legs and an interim coach in Mel Tucker that hopes to breathe energy into a team which let go their head coach early in the week.
San Diego (4-7), though, feels its current six-game losing streak is more about itself than anything else. To get a win for the first time in 49 days, the Chargers need to generate a positive turnover margin – something they’ve managed just once this season – and keep those persistent, game-changing negative plays at bay.
The Bolts’ season still is alive mathematically, but the group faces ever-increasing odds three games back in the AFC West with five left.
“I think there’s no pressure,” said Rivers of a team that was once 4-1. “When you’ve lost six in a row, there’s no pressure of expectations on the outside. On the inside, everybody believes we can win the rest of them. But to win the rest of them, you’ve got to win the first one.”
The Chargers seem better equipped to play at their best than they have in a while.
The left side of the offensive line has been a critical juncture since
On defense, the Chargers plan to load the box against Jones-Drew, the NFL’s second-leading rusher, and make life difficult for rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert.