Pro: Chargers don't have an experience disadvantage
Perhaps the best thing that the Tennessee Titans had going for them was their experience. This was something that was meant to give the team an advantage over the Jaguars in Week 18 and for the most part, it looked like it was.
The Titans were winning most of the Week 18 game and looked to be in control of the contest. All they had to do was not get in their own way or let Trevor Lawrence go on a superhuman drive late to win Jacksonville the game.
Tennessee ended up getting in its own way. Former Charger Rayshawn Jenkins made a great play, sacking Joshua Dobbs and forcing the fumble in the process. Josh Allen scooped and scored and sent the Jaguars to the playoffs as a result.
That same experience that the Titans had for most of its roster is not there in Jacksonville. Sure, Pederson has been there before and Lawrence has played in some huge games in college, but the collective Jaguars team has not had much playoff experience and none as a unit.
That is mostly true with the Chargers as well. Against a Tennessee team, there was a world in which the Titans were simply more ready out of the gate, used their experience to their advantage, and jumped out to an early lead over the Chargers that they did not relinquish.
While that can still happen against the Jaguars, Jacksonville is going to be in the same boat as the Chargers to start the game. For many on both sides of the ball, this will be the biggest game they have played so far in their career.
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If there is one team you want to play your first playoff game against it is a team that also has no playoff experience. Look how it panned out for the Cincinnati Bengals last year when they played the Las Vegas Raiders.