San Diego Chargers Tame the Jacksonville Jaguars

By Fred Zermeno, Exclusive to EGP

The San Diego Chargers take control of week two against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a convincing 38-13 victory. Quarterback Phillip Rivers passed for 334 yards and threw for 3 touchdowns to route the Jaguars and send them to a 1-1 start in the 2010 NFL season.

The Chargers, who lost the first game of the season at a rainy Kansas City, appeared to have the upper hand going into week one, but the Chiefs broke out with two big plays to take the victory at home.

In this week’s home opener, San Diego’s Rivers and the much-improved Charger defense handled the Jaguars already banged up offense. Charger fullback Mike Tolbert picked up the slack this week and rushed for two touchdowns and ran for 82 yards.

Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson on suspension for violating the substance abuse policy has been a huge distraction to the Charger’s offensive power, but on Sunday that was all put aside as QB Rivers found the rest of his cast of receivers, spreading the ball around to eight different players with Malcolm Floyd leading the way with 95 yards.

While Jacksonville was able to put together a couple of decent drives late in the third quarter with San Diego leading 24-6, the Jaguars came up short when Quarterback David Garrard threw an interception to Chargers’ linebacker Kevin Burnett to end the drive and the quarter. The Chargers took full advantage of the opportunity created by Burnett’s interception, driving 50 yards to give third year Fullback Mike Tolbert his second touchdown of the game, all but icing their victory.

But the game was not over yet. Sixty-two thousand fans watched in excitement as both the Chargers and Jaguars scored passing touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.

Jacksonville made some replacements late in the game in an attempt to score against the Chargers defense, but Quarterback Luke McKnown only made 11 of 19 passes for 120 yards.

The Chargers will travel next week to visit L.A.’s favorite coach Pete Carroll in Seattle before coming back to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, October 3.

The San Diego Chargers reported that Coach Norv Turner was pleased with the team’s aggressive defense, improved coverage units and the running of Mike Tolbert, and the response of fans.

“Most importantly, I believe the fans made a big difference. They really stood out, they were into the game and that adds to the atmosphere and makes it exciting,” said Turner.

NFL Quick Notes:
—Only seven NFL teams are undefeated after week two, but neither Indianapolis nor New England is in the undefeated column, and the Cowboys are 0-2.

—Texans, Miami, Chicago and Kansas City are the early surprises in 2010.

—The ever-popular but on-again, off-again 40-year-old Brett Farve is off to a 0-2 start with the Vikings.

—And for those following the Rams’ first round draft pick Sam Bradford out of Oklahoma, he has thrown for 420 yards and three touchdowns averaging 40 attempts per game with a 65 percent passing rating during the first two weeks of play.

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September 23, 2010  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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