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San Diego Chargers V. Jacksonville Jaguars Preview: 3 Key Matchups to Watch

December 3rd, 2011 at 12:39 AM
By Michael Hall

Here are three matchups to watch as the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night football.

3. LB Paul Posluszny v. RB Ryan Matthews

The biggest reason that the Jaguars lost to the Chargers last year was not the fact that Antonio Gates was running free in the secondary, it was the fact their running game, specifically Mike Tolbert, was imposing its' will, setting up the play-action pass.  If Poz shuts down the running game, it puts even more of a squeeze on Phillip Rivers and the Chargers' passing attack. 

2. S Dwight Lowery v. TE Antonio Gates

Anotnio Gates has been a thorn in the side of NFL defenses since he arrived in the league in 2003. He is also Phillip Rivers' safety valve, especially if he's facing a monstrous blitz on a third and long.It would probably be a tempting pick-six opportunity, but be wary.If you don't get a hand on that ball, Gates will be streaking down the sideline for a huge gain..  

1. DE Jeremy Mincey v. LT Brandyn Dombrowski

"Pressure busts pipes" is the motto of every pass rusher in the league and that will be true for Phillip Rivers as he tries to avoid being another crossed-out name on Mincey's hit list. Brandyn Dombrowski has really had a rough outing since he was thrust into the starting lineup after Marcus McNeil went down with a neck injury and he is going to have another tough matchup against Mincey.If the Jaguars want to win this game, they need to either score points with the offense or create turnovers that create good field position. However, since the former hasn't happened yet, Mincey and the defense will need to step up and dominate the San Diego offense 

Tags: Antonio Gates, Dwight Lowery, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Jeremy Mincey, NFL, Paul Posluszny, Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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