Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert rolls out to pass against the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium on Sept. 11. Will Herbert play on Sunday? (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Breaking down how the Chargers (1-1) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) match up heading into their game at 1:05 p.m. PDT Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The game will be shown on CBS and streamed on Paramount+ and NFL+.
When Chargers have the ball: The tenor of this block of text is entirely dependent on the availability of Justin Herbert. The Chargers’ Pro Bowl quarterback is officially questionable because of fractured rib cartilage. The Chargers went from seven-point favorites Thursday to three-point favorites Friday after it was reported that Herbert wasn’t throwing in practice. The Chargers’ potential offensive issues aren’t limited to Herbert’s uncertain status. Pro Bowl center Corey Linsley (knee) is doubtful and Pro Bowl wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) has a “50-50” chance being ready, coach Brandon Staley said. Starting right tackle Trey Pipkins III (foot) also is questionable. If Herbert can’t play, veteran backup Chase Daniel will start, Staley said. Whoever is at quarterback, the Chargers’ plan probably will include an emphasis on shorter, quicker passes. That approach would limit Herbert’s vulnerability or take advantage of what Daniel likely is going to be most comfortable doing. The Chargers also could try to turn to a running game that has lacked consistency. They are tied for 28th in the league with a per-game pace of 75.5 yards rushing and have averaged only 2.7 yards in 55 carries. A possible problem: Jacksonville’s front seven is considered a strength. The Jaguars rank third in rushing defense.
When Jaguars have the ball: When these teams most recently met — on Oct. 25, 2020 — Jacksonville’s quarterback was Gardner Minshew II. The Chargers opened an early 16-0 lead that day at SoFi Stadium, fell behind in the third quarter and…
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Publish date : 2022-09-24 00:14:37
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