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Losing streak continues as Jaguars fall to Chargers, 24-6

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Updated: 10/20/2013 4:11 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Philip Rivers threw for 285 yards and a touchdown, Ryan Mathews ran for 110 yards and a score, and the surging San Diego Chargers beat the winless Jacksonville Jaguars 24-6 Sunday.

The Chargers (4-3) showed little, if any, issues with a short week, a cross-country flight and an early start time. And they played nothing like a team looking ahead to its bye week.

Then again, the Jaguars have made everyone look good.

Jacksonville (0-7) has lost every game this season by double digits, becoming the first team since the 1984 Houston Oilers to garner that dubious distinction. The Oilers lost their first 10 games that season by at least 10 points.

Rivers completed his first 14 passes, picking apart Jacksonville's defense with short throws and clock-eating drives. He finished 22 of 26.

Mathews topped the century mark for the second consecutive week.

The Jaguars travel to London this week to play the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars hope to build on momentum from the last several weeks to end the 6-game slide with a win against the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

Despite the losses, the offense has been moving the ball better, thanks in part to the return of Justin Blackmon.

He had an NFL best 19 catches and 326 yards in the last two games.

The offense has scored more than 19 points a game with Blackmon on the field, compared to just 7 points a game during his four-game suspension.

"Justin seemed to get one-on-one matchups and doing a lot of good things for us," said Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne.

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The new father says he's found a comfort zone with the second-year receiver out of Oklahoma State.

"It's all due to practice, getting a feel for him.  He knows where I'm going to put the ball and I have a good feeling of how he runs the routes," said Henne.

"It's just Chad's been doing a good job being in there, making good decisions with the ball and putting it in good spots," said Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

The offensive line is also giving the quarterback time to throw the ball.  It's given up 14 sacks in the first three games of the season and only 8 in the last three.

"They've been helping keeping guys off Chad or Blaine," said Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

Despite the signs of growth on offense, the Jaguars know they must win.

"We need more touchdowns than field goals," said Henne.

Jaguars center Brad Meester will play in his 200th game for the Jaguars Sunday.

"It's hard to believe it's gone by quickly in all honesty," said Meester.  "Seemed like it'd be a long time but it's amazing how time flies and I guess it's finally here. Meester holds franchise records for games played (199) and games started (199) in his 14 years with the team.

The Chargers (3-3) lead the overall series against the Jaguars (0-6) with three wins and two losses.

Notes: The Jaguars rank third in the NFL with only one fumble lost.

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c9bcrewman - 10/21/2013 12:18 PM
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curse? they need name player's and a big name coach. sorry team, sorry player's. henne and gabby are a loser. mjd need's to go too. great place to waste your hard earned money. where was can and his $5,000 dollar suit? don't blame all of it on the ref's, look at what they have done in the last 11 game's. nothing. the so called team has made thousand's of mistake's. but they keep on playing the same bunch of through off's game after game. they take a lot of stupid mistake's on the field.the offense can't score and the defense can't do any better. but the kittie cat's can sure keep on making excuse's week after week, year after year. ho hum they are a bunch of bum's. lol. save your money and go spend your money on something worth while. but I guess it's worth it while to spend your hard earned money on them. but they go to the bank and have a good time at your expense.

c9bcrewman - 10/21/2013 12:04 PM
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it was nice to see henne laughing and having a good time on the side line. sic.

nativejax - 10/21/2013 9:40 AM
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Dear Lord, Please lift this 'curse' that has been placed upon this Nation and our beloved Jaguars, in Jesus name, Amen.

1country - 10/21/2013 8:27 AM
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That's right,don't put the blame where it belongs!

Terri75 - 10/20/2013 6:42 PM
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I really don't care who you are or what your name is you CAN'T play against the zebras :( That group is worse the Jeff Triplett's crew :(
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