Chargers-Jaguars Final Score: San Diego wins 24-6 against hapless Jacksonville team

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The San Diego Chargers played a safe game, avoiding mistakes and making a few big plays, and ended up with a big 24-6 win over the 0-7 Jacksonville Jaguars. Mike McCoy's team now has a winning record for the first time this season.

This was total domination of a bad football team by the San Diego Chargers. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-7 for a reason, and "coaching" is probably not that reason.

The Chargers pass rush looked good, despite them missing their top three pass rushers on the roster. The team totaled six sacks against Chad Henne, including two for Thomas Keiser (who was on the practice squad until two weeks ago). The only turnover of the game came off of a miscommunication between Henne and Justin Blackmon, which resulted in an easy interception for Marcus Gilchrist.

Maurice Jones-Drew had 56 yards on 11 total touches, but the Chargers offense put up enough points to force Jacksonville to go away from the running game relatively early.

Philip Rivers played a mistake-free game, if you don't count the decision to try and run the ball in for a touchdown at the end of the first half. The offense didn't turn the ball over once, and Rivers completed 22 of 26 passes.

The stars of the offense were probably Ryan Mathews (as predicted) and Eddie Royal (surprisingly). Royal ended the game as San Diego's leading receiver, catching all four of the passes thrown to him for 69 yards and a touchdown. Many of those yards came after he already made the catch.

In a "this is exactly what he's built for" game, Mathews ran the ball 21 times for 110 yards and a goal-line touchdown, and picked up most of those yards behind a patchwork offensive line. It is his second consecutive game with over 100 yards on the ground.

Mike McCoy's team heads into its bye week with a 4-3 record and a lot of bruised bodies. I'd expect King Dunlap's concussion to keep him out for a long time, maybe the rest of the season, which means D.J. Fluker is going to get a chance to be the starting left tackle. Jeromey Clary will likely get another chance to be a starting right tackle. I'd expect Chad Rinehart to take one of the starting guard jobs, and for Johnnie Troutman to take the other one (possibly permanently). It should be interesting to see if those are the only changes to the starting lineup during the bye week.

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