Chargers 24-6 Jaguars
A second straight win and a second consecutive game without the opposition scoring a touchdown sent the Chargers to 4-3.
Philip Rivers threw for 285 yards and a touchdown to surpass 30,000 passing yards for his career. Rivers becomes the 37th man in NFL history to do so. Danny Woodhead ran in for a 2 yard touchdown after a 13 play, 80 yard drive. Eddie Royal scored the Chargers second TD with a 27 yard catch from Philip Rivers. Ryan Matthews ran for 110 yards, that was his second consecutive 100+ yard game. His touchdown came after a 10 play, 84 yard drive. Rivers also finished with 22-26 passes including a completion of his first 14.
The Chargers took care of things on the other side of the ball too with an interception and six sacks, Thomas Keiser and Marcus Gilchrist chipped in with two each. Chad Henne had multiple passes blocked by the defense and 11 quarters have now passed since the defense conceded a touchdown.
The bye week comes at a good time for the Chargers, they can have a week without competitive play and assess those players that are sat in the medical room. King Dunlap left the field with concussion. It remains to be seen if will be available for week 9. Dunlap was replaced by Mike Remmers who also left the field with an ankle injury.
The Jaguars made plenty of mistakes and reflect an 0-7 franchise. For Mike McCoy he has seen his San Diego Chargers come through a test that many said they would falter on. There is plenty of room for improvement but with Ryan Matthews and Danny Woodhead continuing to run the football, it gives the opposition something else to think about. Six sacks and an interception will also give the defense some added belief.
Mike McCoy, Ken Whisenhunt and John Pagano seem to be installing confidence into a side that are chasing a wild card spot. Washington is going to be a much tougher test in week 9.