After an earlier-than-expected bye week, the LA Chargers get their easiest matchup of the year thus far against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The LA Chargers begin their trek of 11 straight games and are looking to get something going quickly to put themselves in a position to make a playoff run.
Losing to Jacksonville could be extremely consequential for the Chargers, as the chances of the team making the playoffs if they start 1-5 are virtually non-existent.
The Jaguars shocked the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 but have lost to four straight winless teams since. After playing such close games against much better teams, the Chargers should absolutely win this game in Week 7.
We pick the winnner of the game as well as the totals. The betting total of this matchup, courtesty of The Action Network, is 49.
Bolt Beat’s LA Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars predictions:
Alexander Insdorf (4-4-0): LA Chargers 30, Jacksonville Jaguars 23
“With Melvin Ingram and Justin Jones back, the Chargers should be better on the defensive end than they have been in the last few games. If Justin Herbert keeps up his current level of play, I don’t see how Jacksonville can keep up.
While their records may be similar, these teams aren’t close in quality. The Chargers should win this one handily, but I’ll give the Jaguars some garbage time points.”
Brandon Viera (4-6-0): LA Chargers 34, Jacksonville Jaguars 13
“The Chargers know they’re a much better team than their record. They are coming out of the surprise bye a bit healthier than they were early on. This Jaguars team will rely on James Robinson to keep it close and I don’t believe the Chargers let them do that. Herbert’s first win is coming soon.”
Devon Auriemma (7-3-0): LA Chargers 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 20
“The Chargers are coming off of a much needed bye week after a tough overtime loss to the Saints. Justin Herbert has continued his impressive start to his rookie year and I think we can expect a similar performance.
The Jaguars defense has been a mess, allowing their opponent to score 30 or more points in their last five games. Herbert gets his first win as a starter in this matchup and the Chargers move to 2-4.”
Faustino Felix (3-3-0): LA Chargers 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 20
“The Chargers are healthier after their surprise bye week, and they should put this game away easily. I’m not worried about the Chargers messing it up like they often do, Jacksonville is a weak team all around missing sone key players.”
Ryan Daley (5-1-0): LA Chargers 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 24
“The Chargers should do very well after a week of rest while the Jaguars are still on a losing streak. Many players will come off of injuries and Herbert will look to improve his already hot rookie start.”
Steven Haglund (8-2-0): LA Chargers 34, Jacksonville Jaguars 23
“The Chargers should win this one relatively easily. Look for big games from Hunter Henry and Joey Bosa to get them over the hump. (And maybe Melvin Ingram if he plays.)”
Tyler Gallagher (7-3-0): LA Chargers 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 18
“While not fully healthy, the Chargers are getting back significant portions of their offensive and defensive lines this week. An improvement in the trenches coupled with another fantastic week from Justin Herbert will give the Chargers a fairly easy win in Week 7.”
Jason Reed (7-3-0): LA Chargers 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 17
This has all the makings of being a high-scoring game but I think it stays relatively low in scoring and the under hits. Initially, I thought the over on this game was a bonafide lock, but a 27-17 game feels right.
The Chargers will jump out to an early two-possesion lead and coast the rest of the way. We know how Anthony Lynn calls plays when the team is up (it did not work against the New Orleans Saints) and the same playcalling will exist in this game.
However, this time, the Chargers will be able to run the ball and methodically work it down the field. They score 27 points while eating away most of the clock, allowing Jacksonville two touchdowns and a field goal.