It’s been an up and down season for the San Diego Chargers to this point with losses and wins alternating for the schedule’s first six weeks. The perfect opportunity to buck that trend is a visit to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7.
This is San Diego’s opportunity to prove if they are true contenders for a playoff spot or if their Jekyll and Hyde routine is here to stay again this season. The lone blip on the radar so far for the Chargers was in Week 5 against the Oakland Raiders, but rivalry games can get messy at times. That was definitely a no-show performance they would like to have back, but a repeat should not happen on the road at the Jags.
To put it kindly, Jacksonville has been pitiful this season. They actually had their best showing last week in a 16-point loss to the Denver Broncos who were an astounding 28-point favorite heading into the contest. Moral victories don’t exist, but when you are the Jaguars and used to getting hammering week after week, this past Sunday had to have been a confidence booster.
But the Bolts had their own ego increase this past week with a primetime victory over the Indianapolis Colts where they didn’t surrender a single touchdown. Matching up a defense that’s flying high against a hapless offense like Jacksonville’s with Chad Henne at the helm could get ugly.
Another positive for the Chargers was forcing their first interception since the first defensive play from scrimmage of the season. That turnover is hopefully a sign of things to come for a defense that has proven to be stingy when it has its act together. Henne has been better than Blaine Gabbert, but that’s not saying much for the Jags’ duo of underwhelming signal callers. He’s thrown four interceptions this season, but he’s also been very apt to take a sack with 10 already in three starts. The Jags are beaten up on the offensive line with their top pick from April’s NFL Draft, Luke Joeckel, out for the season, and San Diego could use this as a get-right game for their pass rush.
Getting to Week 7 with a .500 record but still not having back-to-back wins is a bit of an odd quirk for the Chargers, but that has to end in this one. San Diego has already proven it has no trouble flying cross-country to get a victory this season, and going to Jacksonville will be very similar to the environment the Bolts experience at home. The stars are aligned for Mike McCoy’s team to finally get on a winning streak; look for the Bolts to finally take care of business and get above .500 this season.