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What bettors need to know: Chargers at Jaguars

San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars (+3, 39)

THE STORY: The dismissal of Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio earlier this week was surprising only in its timing. Barring a stunning turnaround, there will be few eyebrows raised when Norv Turner is shown the door by San Diego Chargers management at the end of another underachieving season. Against that backdrop, the Jaguars will host the Chargers on Monday night in a matchup of teams that have a combined two wins – both by Jacksonville – since Oct. 9. San Diego has lost six consecutive games to see its playoff hopes all but evaporate.

TV: ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (4-7):
After avoiding its customary slow start by winning four of its first five, San Diego hasn’t won since blowing a 21-10 halftime lead at the New York Jets. QB Philip Rivers didn’t throw an interception in last’s week’s 16-13 loss to Denver after getting picked off 10 times in his previous five games. Among the few positives last week was the performance of RB Ryan Mathews, who rushed for a career-high 137 yards.

ABOUT THE JAGUARS (3-8):
Newly appointed interim coach Mel Tucker will need a magic wand to fix an offense that ranks dead last in scoring (12.5 points per game). Tucker said he’s sticking with rookie QB Blaine Gabbert, the league’s lowest-rated passer at 62.2. Jacksonville averages a wretched 131.3 yards passing. Expect to see a heavy dose of RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who is second in the league with 1,040 yards. He was a yard shy of his fourth 100-yard game in last week’s 20-13 loss to Houston.

EXTRA POINTS:


1. San Diego is mired in its longest losing streak since dropping nine straight spanning the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

2. It’s been a turbulent week in Jacksonville. Along with Del Rio’s ouster, WRs coach Johnny Cox was fired and team owner Wayne Weaver announced he was selling the team.

3. The Chargers have owned December since 2006, winning 20 of 22 games.

LINE MOVEMENT:


This line has been on both sides of the field goal spread, but San Diego -3 is the line most commonly being used. The over/under has moved between 38 and 40 with most sportsbooks now settling with 39.

TRENDS:

The Chargers are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 December games but 2-8-1 in their last 11 games as road favorites.

The Jags are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games as underdogs.

The over is 30-12-4 in the Chargers' last 46 road games while the under is 10-1 in the Jags' last 11 games overall.

PREDICTION: Jaguars 19, Chargers 17. Despite the disparity in talent, swoon continues for beleaguered San Diego as Josh Scobee boots four field goals.

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Posted by elhandicapper
3 years ago

Looks like high scoring shoot out to me. 2 teams with absolutely NOTHING to play for.They should go up & down the field. 28-21 FINAL
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Posted by jagspots
3 years ago

As a Jaguars fan, I take serious offense with the title of his article, there's no need to use sexual innuendo to describe a football team. I know people would be in an uproar if he called Green bay the Fudge-Packers or Minnesota the ViQueens.
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Posted by themyth
3 years ago

little offense by Jac- I like SD and Under The Myth
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Posted by lmstudfosho
3 years ago

Chargers and Under
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Posted by kiffinsuks
3 years ago

can they both lose. terrible mon. nite game
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Posted by jagerfury
3 years ago

The batlle of the best uniforms tonight!
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Posted by Gold_Rush
3 years ago

I kinda think it was a bit harsh This guy must have lost a bunch of cash betting against them vs Baltimore
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Posted by cocky24
3 years ago

The jags do suck, but the Chargers have the best uniforms in football!
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Posted by degengambler34
3 years ago

Gabbert is horrible, but the jags defense should keep them in the game. Still i see san diego winning a close one.
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Posted by QMICH
3 years ago

FROM THE TITLE, I THOUGHT THE ARTICLE WOULD BE ABOUT PHILLIP RIVERS, THE BIGGEST PUSSY IN THE NFL. HIS ONLY MOVE FROM THE POCKET IS THE SADDEST DISPLAY OF COWARD THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN! WHEN HE HEARS FOOTSTEPS HE DOES NOT EVEN TRY TO MAKE A PLAY, JUST RETREATS & PLUNKS THE POPCORN VENDOR IN THE 3RD ROW. GUARANTEED THAT YOU WILL SEE MORE TONIGHT
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Posted by Canucklehead33
3 years ago

As sucky as the Chargers are, they need this win big time and they need a convincing one at that. Rivers is too competitive to let this one slip by on the MNF national stage. 27-10 Chargers... with Oakland's loss yesterday, the AFC West isn't out of reach for SD. If they right the ship, they can still sneak in as a Wild Card.
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Posted by spaceview
3 years ago

2 of the worst teams in the N.F.L on Monday night?!! Think I am going to read a book, or maybe watch paint dry. The former (and the latter for that matter) should be a lot more exciting to watch..... Break a leg
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Posted by boombaladi
3 years ago

LMAO! Clever Title, it fits....
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Posted by bustn2night
3 years ago

The Jags suck, but they have the best uniforms in football.
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Posted by boombaladi
3 years ago

"LMAO! Clever Title, it fits...."