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.
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.
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.
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.