Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Los Angeles Chargers Preview
The Los Angeles Chargers have been unable to finish off close games this year. They are 2-8 in games decided by a touchdown or less, beating only Indianapolis in overtime and Chicago. One reason is their propensity for mistakes, which lately has included a spate of interceptions from veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.
Heâ€™s tossed eight in the last three games — all close losses against divisional foes — including one last week that helped put Los Angeles in a 14-0 first-quarter hole in Denver. Rivers, who turns 38 later this month, has thrown 15 interceptions against 17 touchdowns this year.
Jacksonville Jaguars Preview
Three weeks ago, veteran quarterback Nick Foles was eager to take over the reins and see if he could help the Jacksonville Jaguars make a second-half push for the playoffs. After three straight blowout losses, Foles is back in mothballs, and rookie Gardner Minshew is back on the field.
The rookie sixth-round pick had thrown 14 touchdowns against just five interceptions while going 4-4 as a starter, though he has lost seven fumbles. On defense, the Jaguars hope their run defense is fixed. They allowed just 73 yards on 31 carries (2.4 average) last week after permitting 699 yards on 103 carries (6.8 average) during the previous three games.