It’s not a surprise that the Jacksonville Jaguars are considered underdogs for this week’s matchup against the San Diego Chargers as the team led by Gus Bradley currently sits at 0-6 and have lost all their games by a double-digit margin.
That doesn’t mean the game against the Chargers isn’t winnable.
There are a few things the Jags can do to avoid a seventh-straight defeat this season. The first one is to have a healthy receiving corps. With Ace Sanders already discarded and both Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon questionable, the latter two need to be able to step onto the field if Jacksonville wants to have at least a remote chance of pulling the upset. Despite holding the Indianapolis Colts to only nine points last week, the Chargers’ pass defense is one of the worst in the NFL, so the Jags’ receivers could have a solid game if they have opportunities.
The other thing that the Jaguars need to do in order to get a win is to be accurate in their passing game. With Maurice Jones-Drew not being at his best this year, most of the offensive plays the Jaguars will execute will be through the air as they will look to take advantage of the hot start of Blackmon. Chad Henne, who’s replacing the injured Blaine Gabbert, has done a more than adequate job managing the offense, and if the Jaguars want to have a shot at winning, they will need a good performance from their signal caller.
The last thing the Jaguars need is to do an adequate job rushing the pass. Despite looking like an improved team from last year, they aren’t a solid team yet, and after the good start from Philip Rivers, they could be in serious danger if they aren’t able of putting constant pressure against the Chargers’ offensive line.
It’s clear that everything must click in order for the Jaguars to get their first win of the season. But this could be one of the most favorable matchups they have left in their schedule.