Chargers Game Day Newsletter 6 Nov 12th Los Angeles_Digital - Page 61

BUILDING AFTER WINNING BACK-TO-BACK GAMES, THE JAGUARS OPEN THE SEASON’S SECOND HALF AGAINST THE CHARGERS JACKSONVILLE – Eight down, eight to go. This is the time of year and kind of division race the 5-3 Jacksonville Jaguars are built for: an offense moving the ball effi ciently while utilizing a dominant running game – no matter who the running back is – combined with a dominant, physical defense that can turn the tide and close games. If the Jaguars continue the strong play they have showed the la st two weeks, and in every winning week thus far, they could be looking at their fi rst playoff berth since 2007. Jaguars Offense The Jaguars have a top-ten offense. That is not a typo. With a 500-yard effort two games ago against the Colts, and a 400-yard outing last week, the Jaguars now rank ninth in the league in total yardage – including a league- best rushing attack. Rookie running back Leonard Fournette missed the Colts game with an ankle injury, and was a game day scratch last week against the Bengals. Even without his services, the Jaguars have continued to run the football effectively: 188 yards in the Week 7 road win over the Colts and 148 on the ground in the Week 9 win over the Bengals. Credit for the run game success spreads throughout the offense, but it starts up front with the offensive line. In the win over the Colts, starting center Brandon Linder missed his third consecutive game with an illness and left tackle Cam Robinson left the game with an ankle injury on the second play from scrimmage. Tyler Shatley fi lled in at center, while Josh Wells came off the bench to play left tackle. For last week’s win over the Bengals, right guard A.J. Cann injured his triceps late in the week and missed the game. Linder, healthy after the bye week, returned to the lineup but at right guard. Shatley remained at center for the fourth consecutive game, and Robinson returned to the lineup at left tackle. Patrick Omameh has played well at the left guard position, while right tackle Jermey Parnell continues to perform at a high level while staying under the radar. With all the shuffl ing up front, the depth of the offensive line group and their ability to adjust to adversity was demonstrated the last two games. The running backs working behind the offensive line carry a huge part of the credit as well. Last week, Chris Ivory (20 rush, 70 yards) and T.J. Yeldon (11 rush, 41 yards) combined to carry the load offensively, while quarterback Blake Bortles added 20 yards on fi ve carries and Corey Grant posted 18 yards on four rushes. In Indianapolis, Yeldon (9 rush, 122 yards, TD) added an exclamation point touchdown