After a blowing a fourth quarter lead in a loss at Arizona to begin their season, the Chargers have returned to good form, and they are sustaining their quality play.
San Diego’s winning streak reached three games Sunday with a 33-14 dismissal of visiting Jacksonville at Qualcomm Stadium. In victory, the Chargers (3-1) tallied the final 23 points and held Jacksonville without a second-half point.
Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers riddled the Jaguars’ secondary, completing 29-of-39 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with wide receiver Eddie Royal on touchdowns of 47 and 43 yards and hit wideout Malcom Floyd for a 24-yard score.
The Chargers’ triumph also marked a major bounce-back game for wideout Keenan Allen, who caught 10 passes for 135 yards on 11 targets.
Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles impressed in defeat, completing 29-of-37 passes for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, he was picked twice in the second half, leading to a pair of Jacksonville field goals.
Once again, though, the Jaguars’ defense didn’t provide enough resistance. The Jaguars have yet to hold an opponent to less than 33 points, and they have not scored more than 17 points in a single game. Overall, Jacksonville was outscored 152-58 in September.
The Jaguars host 2-2 Pittsburgh next week, while the Chargers draw the visiting Jets, who have lost three in a row after a season-opening win vs. Oakland.