10 Things The Jaguars Must Do To Beat The Chargers

For one reason or another, I have always like the Jaguars. I thought it was cool that they were, along with the Carolina Panther, a new expansion team. I liked their uniform colors and logo, and they had always struck me as a physical, punishing team (I think it was Fred Taylor who really brought that attitude to the team with his aggressive running style)

This Sunday, the Chargers are looking to get to a respectable 6-4 record by defeating a strong Jacksonville Jaguars squad. But the Jags aren't overlooking the Chargers. In their eyes, the Chargers are going to be one of the best teams they face all year.

Surprisingly, there are still many people around the league that view the Chargers as a very dangerous team; I say 'surprisingly' because there are plenty of people in San Diego that have all be written the Bolts off.

If you are a Jaguars fan you know how important this week's game is, and you are praying that the Jags find a way to win at home:

These Chargers have the same talent that produced the league’s most dominant regular-season performance a year ago. Their stats may not look like much this year, but we know from what they did last season that they are physically capable of playing at the highest level. The Jaguars should not, under any circumstance, take them lightly.

Here are 10 things the Jaguars have to do to beat the Chargers.

1. Stop Tomlinson—He’s not having a good year, but he’s still their number one threat on offense.

2. Pressure Rivers—He’s feeling the heat and it’s causing him to throw wildly.

3. Pound it—Adrian Peterson torched the Chargers for 296 yards rushing. The Jaguars need for Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew to have big days.

4. Ease him back—This will be David Garrard’s first action in nearly a month. It would be to his advantage if he’s allowed to play a secondary role.

5. Kick it out of bounds—Or kick it real high because Darren Sproles can make you pay.

6. Stay away from Cromartie—The young cornerback is on an interceptions roll. Try somebody else.

7. Understand the circumstances—This is an AFC game against a playoff contender. This one counts extra.

8. Enjoy the surroundings—The Jaguars are back home for the first time since Oct. 22, and that should provide a major energy boost.

9. Involve the wide receivers—Have they been on vacation? Jaguars wide receivers have caught 65 passes combined, which would rank them in third place among AFC individual leaders in receptions. Come on, guys.

10. Be physical—That almost always wins.

Via Jaguars.com

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November 16, 2007

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