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Speaking With the Enemy: Jaguars vs. Chargers

Nov 29, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) shakes hands with Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) after a game at EverBank Field. The San Diego Chargers won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) shakes hands with Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) after a game at EverBank Field. The San Diego Chargers won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
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Let’s put that ugly loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week in the past. No more talking about it…. until they meet again, of course. Now, the San Diego Chargers return home to battle one of the league’s upstart teams in the Jacksonville Jaguars. Though the Chargers lead the all-time series 6-2, this is a dangerous game. A loss could send the team into a tailspin that it may not recover from, looking at its upcoming schedule.

For a little more insight into this game and the Jaguars, we spoke with Daniel Lago of Black and Teal. I had five questions for him.

Q: The Jags lost to Green Bay last week, but had a chance to pull it out in the end and look like an improved team. What can the team take from that loss and is there any kind of sense of a “moral victory” in how they played?

A: The “moral victory” question has been asked a lot since the game ended Sunday and I think the team is past the point of feeling good about any loss. In the 4th year of the rebuild, there’s an expectation that the Jaguars need to win these types of games.

That being said, there are definitely positive things to take away from the game, particularly the improvements on defense. The Jaguars still don’t have a consistent pass rush, but the secondary played outstanding and helped limit Aaron Rodgers to under 200 passing yards.

My Opinion: I think Daniel hit on some key points here. This team isn’t “happy” to compete, it expects to win. San Diego needs to be wary of that. Also, holding Rodgers to under 200 yards passing is quite a feat in today’s NFL. Yes, they were on the wrong side of the scoreboard, but defense builds champions. Always has and always will.

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