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TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida  Weather: 62°, Overcast  Attendance: 57,866

Chargers-Jaguars Preview

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Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars

  1. The Chargers are 7-3 all-time against the Jaguars, outscoring them by double-digits on average, 29.1-17.8. However, the Jaguars snapped a six-game losing streak against Los Angeles with a 20-17 win in 2017, as former Charger Josh Lambo hit the game-winning field goal with 3:12 remaining in overtime.
  2. Los Angeles lost to Denver last week on a last-second field goal after tying the game with only 14 seconds remaining. The Chargers are the second team in NFL history to have each of their first eight losses come by seven points or fewer, along with the 1999 Raiders.
  3. The Jaguars fell to the Buccaneers, 28-11, in Jacksonville in Week 13, their fourth consecutive loss after a 4-4 start. The Jars committed 16 penalties against the Bucs, the second most penalties in a single game in franchise history (17 at New England in Week 4 of 1996).
  4. Austin Ekeler had a 30-yard touchdown catch in the final seconds of the first half against the Broncos. It was his third TD catch of at least 30 yards this season -- no other running back has more than one. The only other Chargers RB with three TD receptions of 30+ yards in a season was Darren Sproles in 2009.
  5. The Jaguars' lone touchdown in the loss to the Buccaneers came on 3-yard pass from Gardner Minshew II, who replaced Nick Foles in the game, to Dede Westbrook, his second TD of the season. Westbrook's first TD came in Week 1 on a 15-yard reception from Minshew, who replaced the injured Nick Foles.
  6. All eight of the Chargers' losses this season have been by seven points or fewer and total up to 39 points. The Jaguars' last two games have seen them lose by 39 points combined. Los Angeles is 2-4 on the road this season, the same record as Jacksonville at home. However, the Chargers have a +10 point differential on the road while the Jaguars have a -34 point differential at home.
Team Comparison

Los Angeles
 
Jacksonville
20.3 Points 18.3
286.8 Pass Yds 264.0
89.1 Rush Yds 113.4
12 Takeaways 15
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Close losses have defined the Los Angeles Chargers' season. The Jacksonville Jaguars would take one of those right now.

The Jaguars (4-8) have been blown out in four straight, trailing by as many as 25, 32, 24 and 23 points in lopsided affairs that crushed the team's playoffs hopes and turned the final month of the season into an endless debate about the futures of coach Doug Marrone, personnel chief Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and quarterback Nick Foles.

Jacksonville will try to end the skid Sunday at home against the Chargers (4-8), who have dropped three in a row. Each of those losses - just like the previous five - was by seven points or less.

"It's been tough," said Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who turns 38 on Sunday. "Obviously, to be on the losing end of eight one-score games is tough. ... It has been a tough go, but we have the fourth quarter (of the season) left. We can only control what we have left."

Rivers has played a huge role in LA's problems. The veteran has 17 turnovers, including the second-most interceptions (15) in the league.

But he could find refuge against Jacksonville, a team he's tormented over the years. Rivers has thrown for 2,354 yards and 21 touchdowns in eight career starts against the Jaguars. He has 13 TD passes and an interception in his last four against Jacksonville.

"He's a guy that if you make the small mistakes or if you're half a yard off your assignment, he's going to make you pay for it," Jaguars defensive tackle Abry Jones said. "He's a guy that likes to talk a lot of trash and is always willing to back it up. I don't want to hear him talk all day, so we're going to have to go out there defensively and do our job."

What kind of smack?

"Very wholesome, Godly talk," Jones added. "Very impressive. I don't think I can go that long without cussing."

The Jaguars have given fans reason to swear in recent weeks. The offensive line is a mess. The tight end situation is even worse. The defense can't stop the run and could be down four starters from the opener. Teammates had to be separated in the locker room following last week's home loss to Tampa Bay.

Maybe rookie sensation Gardner Minshew will fix everything.

Marrone benched Foles after three lackluster starts - he had twice as many turnovers (four) as touchdowns and was sacked eight times in 10 quarters - and switched back to Minshew for the remainder of the season. Minshew is considerably more mobile than Foles and is at his best while improvising. He has 14 touchdown passes and five interceptions, but also has lost seven of his 12 fumbles.

"He has done some really good things for a rookie," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. "It just seems like that team is inspired by him when he comes in the game. ... It's not fluff. If you watch the tape, the guy makes plays. He extends plays, he's creative. He throws with some accuracy and he runs; he's mobile."

Here are some other things to know about the Chargers and Jaguars:

BRADLEY RETURNS

Former Jaguars coach Gus Bradley returns to Jacksonville for the second time in three seasons as the Chargers' defensive coordinator. Bradley still has a home and plenty of friends in Jacksonville. Marrone, defensive coordinator Todd Wash, tight ends coach Ron Middleton and assistant special teams coordinator Mike Mallory all worked under Bradley, who lost in overtime his first game back two years ago.

ROOKIE STRUGGLES

The Chargers are allowing a league-low 259 yards from scrimmage since Week 6, but they are 0-2 against rookie quarterbacks. Pittsburgh's Devlin Hodges and Denver's Drew Lock won their first NFL starts against Los Angeles. Next rookie up: Minshew.

END ZONE WATCH

Chargers reciever Mike Williams, who has at least one reception of 40 or more yards in five consecutive games, is still looking for his first touchdown of the season. It's an odd drought considering he had 11 touchdowns (10 receiving, one rushing) last year.

CROSSING PATHS

Marrone pretty much discovered Chargers veteran linebacker Thomas Davis. Marrone was Georgia's offensive line coach in 2000 when he was tasked with scouting a quarterback/free safety at Randolph Clay High in Cuthbert, Georgia. Marrone watched him play, invited him to camps, met his parents and ended up getting a commitment.

"You don't realize what they're going to be, but Thomas is a story that's one I'll always look back on and be really appreciative of, knowing how hard he's worked and what happened and how he's changed everything," said Marrone, who ended up leaving for Tennessee before Davis signed with the Bulldogs.

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Updated December 5, 2019

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