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Chargers hand Jaguars another loss

Ryan Mathews AP

It’s been a bad year on the injury front for the Chargers, and more injuries piled up today in Jacksonville. But the good news for San Diego is this: They were playing at Jacksonville today.

And playing in Jacksonville is as easy as road trips get in the NFL, so the Chargers cruised to an easy 24-6 win on a day when they would have struggled to beat a lot of teams. The win improved the Chargers’ record to 4-3, while the terrible Jaguars drop to 0-7.

But while the Chargers can be happy with the win, they can’t be happy with losing starting left tackle King Dunlap to a concussion. This was his second concussion of the season, so there’s a good chance he’s going to miss more time before doctors clear him to return to the field. Dunlap was replaced today by backup Mike Remmers, who promptly suffered an ankle injury.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and running back Ryan Mathews deserve a lot of credit for playing well behind a patchwork offensive line. Rivers completed 22 of 26 passes for 285 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. Mathews carried 21 times for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne continued to show he’s a better option than Blaine Gabbert, completing 23 of 36 passes for 318 yards, but the Jaguars’ problems go a lot deeper than quarterback. This team is lousy in all phases of the game. It’s tough to figure out when they’re going to win one. Even the depleted Chargers beat them easily.

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7 Responses to “Chargers hand Jaguars another loss”
  1. richmondbolt says: Oct 20, 2013 4:09 PM

    These depleted Chargers are better than you think Mr. Smith.

  2. chargersdiehard says: Oct 20, 2013 4:16 PM

    Thank goodness we aren’t waiting till “Norv”ember to win games anymore.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 20, 2013 4:21 PM

    I always hated it during crappy Bengals owner mike brown’s 1990-2003 pre-Marvin Lewis era (5-10 vs. Jacksonville) when Brunell and Taylor would beat the Bengals… but now… I actually feel sorry for Jacksonville.

    The Bengals had nine straight losses vs. Jacksonville… until…. Marvin Lewis was hired (Marvin Lewis has a 3-1 record vs. the vastly diminished Jacksonville team).

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 20, 2013 4:39 PM

    Henne piles on yardage after the games are out of reach each week. With the opponents playing prevent defense. Blaine will be starting as soon as he is healthy and able.

  5. sanityinsd says: Oct 20, 2013 7:51 PM

    Don’t look now but if the season ended today, the Chargers would be the 6th seed; the fifth seed if the Colts lose tonight against Denver.

    This wasn’t supposed to happen.

  6. johnnyb1976 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:31 PM

    Sanity

    Chargers would be the 7 or 8 seed because the colts are a division leader, and tie breakers with the jets. Chargers are still right where everybody expected them to be.

  7. natelan says: Oct 21, 2013 4:47 AM

    My Chargers looked a lot better against the Jags than the Broncos did.

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