Austin Ekeler put on an absolute show as the Chargers beat the Jaguars, 45-10, in Week 14 of NFL action.
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Philip Rivers had a phenomenal day against the Jags. He took care of the ball and seemed to find every mistake the Jaguars made. He made a few big-time throws without any turnover-worthy plays.
Austin Ekeler was one of the best players on the field today. Ekeler was effective both running the football and catching it, with his highlight play coming on an 84-yard touchdown reception from a screen pass.
To nobody's surprise, Joey Bosa was a constant presence in the Jaguars' backfield. He had two sacks but added a quarterback hit and even more hurries when rushing the passer. He also was no slouch in the run game, where he also made some big plays.
Derwin James was all over the field and made plays in pretty much every facet of defense. He had multiple pressures rushing the passer and also made numerous stops in coverage, including a big fourth-down tackle that he played as perfectly as possible.
Whether it was by design, by coverage or by choice, the Jaguars were not competitive in this game because quarterback Gardner Minshew almost never looked beyond five yards downfield. He didn't have any bad plays, but he took zero risks and just took easy checkdowns and short hooks. The offense was never able to sustain any long drives because the Chargers knew the throws weren't going deep.
D.J. Chark had himself a good battle with Casey Hayward Jr., and he came out on top more than a few times. Chark made some nice contested catches and was the only threat to make a play for the Jaguars' offense.
There was not much good on the Jacksonville side defensively. One of the biggest surprises was how ineffective Calais Campbell was against the Chargers' offensive line. While he was somewhat productive in the pass-rush, he was pushed around in run defense, which is a rare sight.
On the back end, star cornerback A.J. Bouye had a tough day. On a screen pass that went for about the length of the field, Bouye looked disinterested in chasing down Austin Ekeler. He was also flagged for a defensive pass interference penalty. All told, there were several occasions where the effort looked as if it was lacking.