TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape: San Diego Chargers At Jacksonville Jaguars

San Diego Chargers
Jacksonville Jaguars
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers plays the role of backup quarterback during a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 29, 2013 in San Diego, California.
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 6: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 6, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Jaguars 34-20.
(credit: Harry How/Getty Images)
(credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Quarterback
Winner The Chargers have confidence in Philip Rivers, and he has a good working rapport with head coach Mike McCoy so far this season. Rivers has given in to huge emotional swings in the past, but he has kept his mind on his responsibilities and he has thrown the ball with accuracy this season. Rivers usually reads defense well and does not throw the ball in double coverage.
The Jaguars are widely considered the worst team in the NFL, and they were 28-point underdogs to the Broncos last week. Chad Henne and his teammates seemed to gain a moral victory as they kept the game close through three quarters. Henne is a better alternative for head coach Gus Bradley than Blaine Gabbert, but he is merely a placeholder until the Jags find a legitimate quarterback.
Offense
Winner The Chargers have a decent running attack because it can take the pressure off of Rivers. Ryan Matthews is not a breakaway threat, but he can make decent yards between the tackles. Tight end Antonio Gates has been playing well this year as he can go down the seam and make a big play. Keenan Allen is an emerging talent who can keep drives alive on third-down plays.
The Jaguars may be able to hang around for a while because Justin Blackmon (hamstring and groin injuries, will play) has explosiveness and he knows how to get open. Blackmon has 19 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown in his first two games of the season. Maurice Jones-Drew has the versatility to complement Blackmon, but his 2.9 yards rushing average is a big disappointment.
Defense
Winner The Chargers have struggled to stop opponents this year, and they have had their biggest problems when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter. Free safety Eric Weddle is a very active tackler who will sell out to break up passing plays. Keep your eye on outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, who can turn the corner and put pressure on the quarterback.
Winner The Jaguars are a lot more competent on defense than they are on offense. They rank 21st overall and 14th against the pass. Outside linebacker Paul Posluszny has 54 tackles, 9 passes defended and 2 interceptions this season. Strong safety John Cyprien is second with 41 stops and he also had 3 forced fumbles.
Special Teams
The Chargers have struggled with their special teams coverage this season, and that’s something that could give hope to their overmatched opponents. Nick Novak is a decent kicker, but he is not special. Punter Mike Scifres does an excellent job of dropping the ball inside his opponents’ 20.
Winner The Jags hustle on special teams and do a good job of covering kickoffs and punts. Josh Scobee has a strong leg and he has made all seven of his FG attempts this season. Bryan Anger has a long of 61 yards and he is averaging 46.8 yards per punt.

The Winner Is

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers plays the role of backup quarterback during a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 29, 2013 in San Diego, California.
Winner San Diego Chargers
3 out of 4

The Chargers are coming off a Monday night home game and they have to travel cross country to play the worst team in the league. They won’t be fired up and the Jags may find that this is their best opportunity to win a game until they host Arizona in Week 10.
-Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 20:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the second half of the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the New York Jets looks to throw a pass against the New England Patriots in the game at MetLife Stadium on November 27, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)
    Week 13 Tale Of The Tape: Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets

    The Colts are still alive for the playoffs while the Jets are just playing out the string.

  2. OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers looks to pass against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game on November 27, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for several yards on the quarterback keeper during the second quarter of an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 27, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
    Week 13 Tale Of The Tape: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

    The Panthers travel to Seattle for a date with the Seahawks.

  3. TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks for a receiver during the third quarter of an NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 27, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers passes the ball during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium on November 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
    Week 13 Tale Of The Tape: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Diego Chargers

    The Bucs are in second place in the NFC South and look to keep pace with the Falcons as they match-up with a tough Chargers team.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Drip Pan: CBS Local App
Drip Pan: Weather App
Drip Pan: Restaurant Week 365

Listen Live