TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: EverBank Field
Weather: High 81, Low 66
Line: San Diego (-9)
The San Diego Chargers are another one of those teams that you though would be an easy win in 2013, but have been anything but. The 3-3 squad has been a pleasant surprise and that’s bad news for the rest of the league who was looking forward to facing them on their schedule. Philip Rivers is having quite the resurgence at quarterback this season, passing for 1,847 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading the fifth-best passing offense in the NFL. Antonio Gates has been his go-to guy on a regular basis, catching 36 passes for 466 yards and two touchdowns through six games. The tight end has seen his career come back to life just as Rivers’ has. Keenan Allen has had a solid season as the team’s top wide receiver with 23 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns.
On the other side of the field, you have the 0-6 Jacksonville Jaguars. If there was ever a time to hand out moral victories in this league, the Jaguars certainly earned one in their covering of a gigantic spread against the undefeated Denver Broncos in week six. Chad Henne is the quarterback of this team for the moment and has passed for 904 yards and just two scores on the season in Blaine Gabbert‘s absence. This team will surely be drafting a quarterback in next April’s draft. Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon have been the bright spots on an otherwise terrible offense. Shorts has caught 31 passes for 411 yards and a score while Blackmon caught 19 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown. The run game has been struggling with Maurice Jones-Drew receiving no help from the poor offensive line, posting a 2.9 yards per carry mark.
Defensively, the Chargers rank 21st in the league in yards allowed per game as well as having the eighth-worst passing defense in the league. That will mean big days for Blackmon and Shorts. Jacksonville is about the same on this side of the ball, ranking 22nd in the league in yards allowed per game, but have the worst run-stopping defense in the NFL.
PREDICTION: Chargers 28, Jaguars 17