Quick Thoughts: Jaguars 38, Chargers 10

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Senior Writer John Oehser, Senior Correspondent Brian Sexton and Team Reporter Ashlyn Sullivan offer quick thoughts on the Jaguars’ 38-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in a Week 3 game of 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday

John Oehser, Jaguars Senior Writer

1. Awesome stuff – and maybe a statement. The Jaguars’ win on Sunday was compelling from start to finish – and it was impressive for important reasons. Regardless of the other scenarios, what mattered was that the Jaguars won in a scenario they hadn’t won in a long time: on the road in a meaningful game against a team that was supposed to be in playoff contention. No, the Chargers weren’t complete — with wide receiver Keenan Allen not playing, with quarterback Justin Herbert questionable all week with a rib injury, and with passing thrower Joey Bosa leaving the game in early Sunday with a groin injury. So what? The Jaguars were statistically dominant in the first half and dominated in just about every way in the second half. They are 2-1 and in first place in the AFC South. They won on the West Coast for just the fourth time in 19 all-time games. They beat that Chargers franchise on the road for the very first time. This game was important in so many ways and shows that this young team can win in situations that this franchise hasn’t in too long. “It’s nice to get a road win against a great football team, to travel across the country like that,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “Thank you guys in the dressing room for doing this. Hopefully this is the start of things to come and we are moving in the right direction.”

2. Gutsy, brave, courageous. There will likely come a day when Pederson’s aggression won’t pay off. Sunday was not that day. And while it’s not accurate to say Sunday’s win was due to Pederson’s bold decision-making, it helped define the day – and it was a huge reason the Jaguars pulled out. for a convincing victory in the second half. Remember: Momentum hung in the balance early in the second half, with the Chargers taking a 16-7 16-10 lead on their first possession of the third quarter. Pederson, on the ensuing possession, went for a first down on 4th of the 50, a decision by running back James Robinson immediately turned into an untouched touchdown and a 23-10 lead. Pederson later in the third quarter called a sneak by quarterback Trevor Lawrence on the Chargers 6’s 4th-and-1. Lawrence converted, passing four yards to wide receiver Christian Kirk two plays later for a 31 lead -10. “He’s doing a great job managing it and every week we have a great plan,” Lawrence said of Pederson’s fourth down approach. “We have a lot of faith in the coaches and they have a lot of faith in us to execute it. That’s what you see, that double faith. It’s been great.” Aggressive, aggressive, aggressive. Bold, brave, courageous.

Jaguars senior correspondent Brian Sexton…

1. 1,064 days. That’s how long it had been since the Jaguars won back-to-back Sundays — at Cincinnati and against the Jets in October 2019. Sunday’s win was the first away from Jacksonville since December 2019 at Oakland, and break this sequence was a big story. But we talk all the time about this team learning to win week by week – and for the first time since Lawrence joined in the 2021 offseason, he’ll go home with a win and a modest two-game winning streak. . Pederson said earlier this week he thought this team was fully integrated into his program and the Jaguars backed up their coach with an outstanding all-around performance on Sunday.

2. Look at the numbers to see how well the Jaguars have performed and how much better they can be. Two weeks ago in Washington, the Jaguars committed 13 penalties and lost a game they knew they should have won. Last Sunday, that number was just five and they outplayed the Colts. Sunday in Los Angeles, the Jaguars committed only two five-yard penalties. It’s almost impossible to imagine in today’s NFL. Sunday’s offense was 8 of 15 on third down and 2 of 3 on fourth down. The defense took the ball twice and the attack didn’t return it. The offensive line didn’t allow an aggressive Chargers defense to shake Lawrence, let alone hit him. The defense never let Chargers running back Austin Eckler start or Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams get into a rhythm. This deprived Herbert of two of his trusted men. That said, the offense was only three out of six in the red zone and could have taken control of the game in the first half. The defense gave up big plays when they had the Chargers in 3rd-and-14 and 3rd-and-16 situations. But that’s nitpicking. The numbers were overwhelmingly in favor of the Jaguars, and they were impressive. It was a great performance.

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