San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal coasts into the end zone with a 47-yard touchdown reception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) gets a pass over the outstretched arm of Chargers inside linebacker Andrew Gachkar (59) during the first quarter of a NFL football game Sept. 28, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns hauls in a 45-yard past against the San Diego Chargers during the first half an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Chargers QB Philip Rivers has been so consistently good this season that it almost seems pointless to make a big deal about it. His line on Sunday: 29 of 39, 377 yards and three touchdowns. Yawn. Completion percentages above 70 percent are now the norm. We've come to expect it on game day. This week's beneficiaries were wide receivers Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal. Career highs 10 catches and 135 yards for the former. Two TD catches of at least 43 yards in one half for the latter is a feat not accomplished by a Charger in 14 years. San Diego clobbers the Jaguars 33-14.
But for me, it's what the defense has done since a week one defeat in Arizona that Chargers fans should really be excited about. Since allowing 12 fourth quarter points to the Cardinals, the Bolts defense hasn't allowed a single point in the final period. On Sunday, Jacksonville didn't sniff the end zone or the uprights after halftime.
Rookie QB Blake Bortles made his first career NFL start and his unorthodox style and running ability kept the Chargers guessing in the first half. But after falling behind the Jags 14-10, Philip Rivers and company reeled off 23 unanswered points. As good as the offense was, the defense was better; twice intercepting Bortles down the stretch. Jarret Johnson, Brandon Flowers, Eric Weddle, Kendall Reyes all deserve credit. So Does Corey Liuget, but praise for the big defensive end is on the flip side of the broken record that plays the 17 song over and over. We expect it from him and it's a blessing.
The Chargers are 3 and 1 and that's the most important stat of all. My only concern is the running game that doesn't exist. And with the NFL's best rushing defense coming to town next weekend dressed in Jets uniforms, it's probably not getting better anytime soon. So in the meantime, let's hope Rivers and Liuget can keep spinning those familiar tunes that never grow old.
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