NFL Jaguars vs Chargers NFL Week 2 Lines and Game Preview

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 17, 2016 in

Both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Diego Chargers looked like improved squads in their openers, but the Jaguars could not keep up with the Green Bay Packers in their opener, and the Chargers simply imploded on the road in Kansas City, turning a 24-3 lead with six minutes remaining in the third period into a 33-27 overtime loss. Given that top wideout Keenan Allen blew out his ACL and will not return this season, the Chargers might slide back down into that morass where they spent the 2015 season. Check out the betting lines for all the Week 2 action.

NFL Jaguars vs Chargers NFL Week 2 Lines and Game Preview

When: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 4:25pm ET
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Jacksonville Jaguars Radio Network / San Diego Chargers Radio Network
Live Stream:
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NFL Odds:
San Diego (-3), O/U Total 47.5

Why should you bet on the Jaguars?

Blake Bortles showed why the Jags are so high on him in Week 1, going 30 for 49 with 329 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The interception showed that he still has some growing room, and the fact that he went down three times for sacks means that his O-line needs to work harder for him too. His top two targets, Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson, combined for 10 catches and 147 yards in the opener. Tight end Julius Thomas, who caught 9 balls for 116 yards and a score in the Jags’ 2015 loss to the Chargers, had a decent week in the opener, catching five balls for 64 yards and a touchdown, so expect him to catch Bortles’ eye in Week 2.

Why should you put your money on San Diego?

These two teams did meet in Week 12 of the 2015 campaign, as San Diego prevailed in a 31-25 offensive festival. Charger quarterback Phillip Rivers threw four touchdown passes, two of them to tight end Antonio Gates. Despite that gut-wrenching loss to the Chiefs in Week 1, the Chargers did run the ball well, with Melvin Gordon picking up 57 yards on 14 carries and finding the end zone twice, and Danny Woodhead carrying the ball for 89 yards on 16 attempts and catching five balls for 31 yards, including one for a touchdown. The O-line, much maligned in 2015, only permitted one sack and showed considerable improvement behind new center Matt Slauson.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

That Charger mirage in Week 1 didn’t fool the Chiefs, and it didn’t fool me either. Phillip Rivers has a ton of talent at quarterback, but he just doesn’t have the team around him that he needs. The Jaguars have a wealth of young talent that will improve with each passing week, and they will get revenge for that loss last year. I predict a 27-20 Jacksonville win.