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Week 10 Game Recap: Los Angeles Chargers 17, Jacksonville Jaguars 20
What you need to know
Other than two touchdown drives that resulted in Austin Ekeler
scores, the Chargers offense struggled to put together drives and keep the Jaguars from having chances to win the game. Ultimately, the failure to seal the game combined with two dreadful late-game turnovers to result in the loss.
This game, which was mostly a sloppy one by the Jaguars offense, was the antithesis of what the Jags offense has been for most of this season. The Jaguars aired it out with Bortles and Fournette and Ivory each either did not get much work or they were not effective. This was a wacky game that came down to turnovers and field position, not any offensive fireworks.
Los Angeles Chargers
|QB Philip Rivers, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 37 - 235 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - -1 - 0|
Rivers had a solid day but did nothing spectacular. He often found his targets underneath or in the soft spots of the Jaguars zone coverages. He did a good job of getting the ball out quickly vs the Jaguars pressures and still made clean throws under pressure. Each of his two touchdowns was dump offs to Ekeler that Ekeler made a play on. His late-game heave down the field into blanket coverage turned into an interception and ultimately cost the Chargers the game.
|RB Melvin Gordon, 47 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 27 - 0, Rec: 5 - 15 - 0 (8 targets)|
Gordon took a backseat role to Ekeler due to his ineffectiveness on the day. His longest run was for five yards and he did not make plays as a pass catcher. Ekeler got the late game snaps over him.
|RB Austin Ekeler, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 42 - 0, Rec: 5 - 77 - 2 (5 targets)|
Ekeler was the primary offense for the Chargers. His first touchdown came on a dump off where he outran Myles Jack to the edge and then powered through a poor effort-level Jalen Ramsey tackle. He kept his balance down the sideline and then ran it in with the quickness. His next score came on a dump off but this one was more about his open field speed. With nothing but green in front of him, Ekeler outran the Jaguars D for the score. As a runner, he showed great agility and explosion but his lack of size and power shows up often.
|WR Keenan Allen, 59 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0, Rec: 4 - 48 - 0 (7 targets)|
Allen did not see many targets as he was matched up with Jalen Ramsey during most of the game, but he made the most out of the targets he did get. He converted several third downs on zone beating inside option routes and showed great awareness for the markers and in his routes. His biggest play came on a 19-yard corner route where he beat Jalen Ramsey and stayed in bounds against contact.
Williams saw a good amount of deep ball targets, but he dropped an easy touchdown in the second half. The Chargers did not go to him much more after that.
|WR Mike Williams, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (2 targets)|
Williams saw two targets for the day but made each a positive gain. On one he got separation vs AJ Bouye on a post, thanks to a good release off the line. He is showing comfort going across the middle for a pass.
Benjamin saw three targets but had zero catches due to one drop and the other passes being either out of bounds or intercepted.
|QB Blake Bortles, 84 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 51 - 273 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 5 - 34 - 0|
Bortles threw only one incompletion in the entire first half. Most of his passes were short ones underneath, but the efficiency was a welcomed rare sight regardless. This changed in the second half. While Bortles was under duress from Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram for much of the day, he was still erratic in the second half. He threw two back-breaking INTs in the fourth quarter that should have lost the game for the Jaguars. His runs were ineffective, and he failed to put together drives. His best drive of the game was one early in the second half in which the Jaguars marched down the field in 10 plays, all passes, thanks to big chunk gains by Keelan Cole
and Allen Hurns
. This resulted in Bortles' lone touchdown of the game, a strike to Marqise Lee
near the front pylon.
|RB Leonard Fournette, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 33 - 0, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (4 targets)|
For the first time in his career, Fournette looked ordinary. He was unable to evade defenders or break off long runs. He got a few key first downs on one to two-yard short-yardage chances, but that was about it as his longest run was eight yards. He showed his usual strength but the explosion was not the same as in other games. He was held out of a number of series during the game but did play in overtime. In the passing game, he made more of an impact as a blocker than as a pass catcher, an area he has shown improvement in.
|RB T.J. Yeldon, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 11 - 0, Rec: 6 - 39 - 0 (8 targets)|
Yeldon had a classic T.J. Yeldon
game. He did virtually nothing of note as a runner, but he was targeted a ton out of the backfield. He turned a couple dump off into first downs but he simply looked better in that role than Ivory had previously in the season. Expect his targets to remain consistent.
|RB Chris Ivory, 8 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 1 - -5 - 0 (2 targets)|
Ivory had one carry for the Jaguars and has clearly fallen behind T.J. Yeldon
on the depth chart.
|WR Allen Hurns, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 70 - 0 (9 targets)|
Hurns left the game with an injury late but he had a fantastic game. He made two terrific catches to move the chains on slants. Bortles threw it to tight windows behind Hurns, but he adjusted and made acrobatic catches in front of multiple defenders.
|WR Marqise Lee, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 55 - 1 (11 targets)|
Lee saw more targets than any other Jaguar but he was up and down performance wise. He caught the team's only offensive touchdown for the second week in a row but he also had a couple of awful drops that were uncontested and he had a taunting penalty at the goal line late in the game that cost the Jaguars a chance to put the game away. He is their most inconsistent target but he is the one they turn to the most right now.
|WR Keelan Cole, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 61 - 0 (8 targets)|
Cole has become more integrated into the Jaguars offense each week. He has officially become their go-to deep option. He does not catch everyone as his catch radius is small, but he is fast enough to get a step on defenses and has become better at tracking the deep ball.