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No second half fade for Chargers this week

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Wide receiver Tyrell Williams #16 of the San Diego Chargers runs after a catch against Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of  a game at Qualcomm Stadium on September 18, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Chargers blew a 24-3 lead in a season-opening loss to the Chiefs, but they showed they learned a little something about protecting an edge over the last seven days.

San Diego raced out to a 21-0 lead in the first half and then added to it in the second half on their way to a 38-14 rout of the Jaguars. Philip Rivers was 17-of-24 for 220 yards and four touchdowns, Melvin Gordon ran for 102 yards and a touchdown and Travis Benjamin caught six passes for 115 yards and a touchdown to pace the team’s offense.

The news wasn’t all good as the Chargers lost running back Danny Woodhead to a knee injury early in the game, but they didn’t let that take the wind out of their sails the way that losing wide receiver Keenan Allen did a week ago. The Chargers took their hand off the throttle following Allen’s injury, but they kept pushing this week and the results make it clear that it’s better to go that route than step back and admire work early in the game.

On the other side, the lesson for the Jaguars is likely that coming close against the Packers wasn’t a sign that the team was ready to break through. It was a dismal performance across the board. You can see what the Chargers offense did and Blake Bortles turned the ball over three times in the first half of the game.

The loss drops Gus Bradley’s record with the Jags to 12-38 and continues a trend of sluggish starts to seasons, something that Bradley really can’t afford if he’d like to keep his job status from being a major topic of conversation.

That would have been true of Mike McCoy had the Chargers blown this lead, but he’ll get a reprieve from such talk this week while turning his attention to next week’s trip to Indianapolis.

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8 Responses to “No second half fade for Chargers this week”
  1. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 18, 2016 7:41 PM

    i told you the packers are overrated. stellar and frankie booth were so impressed on how the Jags competed with the packers. that’s because the packers are not that good!!!

  2. samquix says: Sep 18, 2016 7:43 PM

    Oh man losing Danny Woodhead makes this feel like a loss. Pretty sure the injury gods have something personal against SD

  3. jakec4 says: Sep 18, 2016 7:48 PM

    It’s only year 4 of Gus Bradley’s 12 year plan. They WILL still be a one and done wildcard team in 2024. Just need some more top 5 draft picks and free agent spending sprees. They’ll get there.

  4. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 18, 2016 7:49 PM

    wow!! Phil Rivers carved up that Jax D??!! erin rodgers made them look like the 85 bears, right frankie booth!!??

  5. sdcharger123 says: Sep 18, 2016 7:53 PM

    This a bittersweet win given the injuries. Hopefully Woodhead’s isn’t too serious and he’ll be back later this season.

  6. ohand16 says: Sep 18, 2016 10:10 PM

    Hey Jags fans how is the planning coming for the Super Bowl parade?


  7. jjackwagon says: Sep 18, 2016 10:44 PM

    No 2nd half fade this week because it’s the Jags.

  8. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 18, 2016 11:27 PM

    Well, in all fairness, they were playing the Jaguars so how could you tell if they faded in the second half anyway? I know there were a lot of people who thought the Jags were going to contend for a playoff spot but I don’t see it. They’ll be lucky to win four games. They don’t have a 4th place schedule this year, they have a 3rd place schedule which means they won’t have many cupcakes. Unless they play the Browns a few times, their chances of getting a win are few and far between.

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