As much as I’d like to see Maurice Jones-Drew and company rise to power in the AFC South, the Chargers might make the Jaguars pay for that Monday night stunner against the Chiefs.
Philip Rivers threw for 298 in that loss last week. The Jaguars allowed Denver’s Kyle Orton to throw for 295 last week. Expect a big game from the Bolts.
Just like we did for last week’s projections, 2009 statistics factor in significantly but Week 1 provides added depth. Again, this is no perfect model. There are many improvements that could be made but we had relatively good accuracy with it last week despite the flaws. Translation: Use these at your own discretion but they should be pretty darn good.
The projections have this one going into endless overtimes, predicting a 20.8-20.8 contest. The Jaguars defense is predicted to make a fumble recovery and an interception. The Chargers aren’t expected to cause any turnovers. Give the edge to the Jaguars in your pick’em league.
The obvious matchup here beyond Rivers is Malcolm Floyd against a Jaguars defense that allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers last week.
While the Chargers won’t be as lockdown on Mike Sims-Walker as the Broncos were last week, he won’t be able to break out for a big game either.
Maurice Jones-Drew has a solid matchup against the Chargers.
Philip Rivers, SD: 25-34, 295, TD, INT
David Garrard, JAX: 17-27, 164, TD, 5 rush yards
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX: 105, TD, 3 catches, 20 receiving yards
Ryan Mathews, SD: 80 yards, TD, 2 catches, 10 receiving yards
Rashad Jennings, JAX: 15 yards, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards
Darren Sproles, SD: 10 yards, 3 catches, 25 receiving yards
Mike Tolbert, SD: 10 yards
Greg Jones, JAX: 5 yards
Malcolm Floyd, SD: 8-105, TD
Legedu Naanee, SD: 4-80
Mike Sims-Walker, JAX: 3-50, TD
Mike Thomas, JAX: 4-50
Buster Davis, SD: 2-15
Kassim Osgood, JAX: 2-10
Antonio Gates, SD: 6-65
Marcedes Lewis, JAX: 2-15
Zach Miller, JAX: 1-5
Josh Scobee, JAX: FG, 2 XP
Nate Kaeding, SD: FG, 2 XP
Jaguars: 2 sacks, INT, fumble recovery
Chargers: 2 sacks