Jacksonville Sports Day

Bonts: Be Careful What You Wish For in Lopsided Loss to Chargers

Photo by Rick Wilson/Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE – The fans were clamoring. The media was demanding. And the Jaguars relented.

Jacksonville started rookie Gardner Minshew at QB, replacing Nick Foles. They team was handed the most lopsided loss, 45-10, of the season by Los Angeles.

Oh, by the Chargers. Not the Rams. Or it would have been worse.

Making his return to the starting lineup for the first time since against Houston, Minshew completed 24 of 37 passes for 162 yards including a 12-yard TD pass to TE Nick O’Leary in the third quarter.

DJ Chark Jr. caught nine passes for 75 yards.

In all fairness. It was a complete team loss. The Jaguars were eliminated in the AFC playoff race by their loss to the Chargers, who also were eliminated by the Steelers’ win.

After opening the game with a 14-play, 67-yard drive, the Jaguars’ Josh Lambo converted a 26-yard field goal midway through the first quarter at home Sunday.

Donald Payne totaled 16 tackles (eight solo) against the Chargers.

“We’ve got three games left, and no one is coming to help us,” Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said. “Everyone is playing. So, we’ve got to keep playing and find a way to get this done.”

But thanks to a complete game courtesy of all three phases, the Chargers secured a dominant victory over the Jaguars in Duval.

“Some people might take their football and go home,” LA head coach Anthony Lynn said. “But these guys are going to play all 16 games.”

The Chargers offense recorded a season-high 45 points and 525 total yards. QB Philip Rivers finished 16-of-22 for 314 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, a career-high 154.4 quarterback rating, and a career-long 84-yard touchdown pass to Austin Ekeler.

The 84-yard reception was also the longest of the night for Ekeler, whose 213 total yards were the most of his career, while his touchdown gives the running back eight receiving and 11 total touchdowns on the season.

LA’s Melvin Gordon rushed for his fifth touchdown of the season on the Chargers’ opening drive of the game.

Gordon finished the game with 84 total yards, and his 55 yards on the ground helped add to the team’s 195 total rush yards on the day.

Derek Watt recorded the first touchdown of his career Sunday. In addition to the dominant running attack, Rivers connected with his receiving corps throughout the contest, including a 44-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams, the first TD for the wideout this season.

The Chargers defense also kept Jacksonville in check, as the unit held the Jags to 10 total points. Jaguars runniung back Leonard Fournette rushed 15 times for 50 yards.

Chargers’ afety Derwin James and linebacker Drue Tranquill combined for 14 tackles while defensive end Joey Bosa had two sacks, three tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, and four total tackles.

The Jaguars (4-9) lost a fifth consecutive game, and have been outscored 174-57 in that span. The Chargers improved to 5-8.

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