The LA Chargers are in the playoffs for the first time since 2018 and awaiting them in the Wild Card Round is a team that has not been in the playoffs since 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars' red-hot end to the season (mixed with an absolute collapse by the Tennessee Titans) helped produce Saturday night's primetime matchup.
This was the matchup that the Chargers and fans wanted. Instead of being the sixth seed and having to play the Cincinnati Bengals, it seemed imperative that the Bolts secured the fifth seed to go into Jacksonville. Vegas reflects this, as the Chargers are favored on the road.
While it might have been the better of the two matchups, this is still a playoff team that must be respected. The Bolts may be favored, but there are legitimate concerns that fans should have about this matchup. Answering these concerns will ultimately be the key to victory for the Bolts.
3 biggest concerns Chargers fans should have with Jaguars playoff matchup:
1. Potentially not having Mike Williams
This has nothing to do with the Jaguars themselves and has everything to do with Brandon Staley's questionable decision (to say the least) to play Mike Williams and the starters longer than he should have in a completely meaningless Week 18 game.
Williams suffered a back injury and while things looked really bad at first, reporting after the game regarding Williams' MRI was positive. However, Williams was listed as a DNP on both Tuesday and Wednesday, hurting his chances of playing against the Jags. If he does play, there is a very good chance he won't be 100%.
This is a huge blow to the Chargers offense as Williams is arguably the most important player not named Justin Herbert on that side of the ball. Time and time again Williams has bailed out shoddy play-calling with his ability to make contested catches in big spots. Keenan Allen is great, but the Chargers need him to have his partner in Williams out there.
The Chargers offense was in shambles the last time these two teams played and it looked like they would be healthy for this matchup. Not having Williams would be a huge blow. The team was 8-2 in games in which he played the entire game and did not get hurt. They were 2-4 in games he missed or got injured in.