Chargers Dominate Jaguars


SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers celebrate a Charger touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 38-13. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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If the San Diego Chargers blow out the Jacksonville Jaguars and nobody sees it… Does it count? In a game that was blacked out for San Diego, the Chargers dominated the Jags in front of the home town crowd.

Philip Rivers was on target with 22 of 29 passes for a total of 334 yards and 2 TDs. Antonio Gates looked like he was open all day in the end zone catching both touchdowns. Rivers also found Malcom Floyd for a 54 yard TD when the game was already out of reach. Rivers also threw 2 picks on some tipped balls from his receivers. One was in the end one off of the hands of Gates and one across the field to a jumping Legedu Naanee. A better throw both pays would have resulted in positive plays. Rivers settled down after his two picks and torched the Jaguar secondary. He spread the ball around to all his receivers and looked a lot more accurate without the Kansas City rain pouring down on him.

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19: Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers jumps into the endzone to score a touchdwon in front of Sean Considine and Russell Allen of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Ryan Mathews looked like he was ready to have a good game before he turned his ankle early in the 2nd quarter. He added another fumble to his stat line. The fumble looked like a bogus call and it was challenged by Norv Turner, but there was no conclusive evidence to overturn the play. It shouldn’t have even been called a fumble in the first place. Norv decided to use big Mike Tolbert in goal line situations in this game instead of the mini Darren Sproles. It worked out for the best as Tolbert turned in 2 rushing TDs and also added 82 yards rushing. Mathews left the game on a cart but later returned to the field with a sight limp. He did not get back into the game, but it seemed like they didn’t want to to cause further damage in a blowout.

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19: Mike Tolbert of the San Diego Chargers celebrates his second touchdown in the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 38-13. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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The Defense dominated the game and forced 6 turnovers. CB Antoine Cason led the charge with 2 picks and forced a fumble. He also defended 4 passes. He should be a good candidate fr defensive player of the week. Brandon Siler filled in for Stephen Cooper and played well in his absence. Shawne Merriman saw his first action of the season and was able to put pressure on the quarterback. He added his energy on the defensive side of the ball and he should take his starting position back from Larry English soon.

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19: Antoine Cason of the San Diego Chargers makes an interception in front of Steve Gregory against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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The Special Teams was able to have better kick coverage in the game. The punt unit did allow a blocked punt though. There still are things we need to clean up with the punting game. We were not able to see the punt coverage the rest of the game because of our prolific offense. Nate Kaeding had his first field  goal attempt since his terrible playoff game and was able to drill it.

For a short while we are able to quiet the talk about Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill and we can finally talk about a Chargers win in dominating fashion. The offense proved that it is still prolific and  the defense was able to slow Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jags. Next up: the Seattle Seahawks who were demolished by the Denver Broncos.

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