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San Diego Chargers V. Jacksonville Jaguars Preview: the Defensive X-Factor

December 5th, 2011 at 12:34 PM
By Michael Hall

The defensive X-Factor makes a lot more sense. Dwight Lowery seems to be the answer at free safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars and it should definitely show on Monday Night Football.

If you haven't heard about it by now, Philip Rivers isn't having a very good year. He leads the league with 17 interceptions and with his starting left tackle on IR, that isn't likely to change on Monday Night. Rivers is going to be under a lot of pressure from Jeremy Mincey and John Chick , so he is going rto try and get the ball out of his hands quickly. There are two main targets that he will probably throw to: Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson. Gates gets the first billing since he is Rivers' safety valve when he is in a jam and who can blame him? He is a mismatch in the secondary and he is arguably the best tight end in the league. His second target is Vincent Jackson, who is tall enough so that Rivers can throw the ball up in his general area and he has a good chance of coming down with it, especially in the endzone. Lowery will be covering both players at various points in the game and I don't doubt that he will be coming up with a couple of key plays to seal a big victory in primetime.  

Tags: Antonio Gates, Dwight Lowery, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Jeremy Mincey, John Chick, NFL, Phillip Rivers, Vincent Jackson

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