Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars 1/14/23 – NFL Pick & Prediction




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NFL wild card action is set to take place on 1/14/23 and it will feature Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars. The game is set to take place at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The game starts at 8:15 PM EST and is set to air on NBC.

The Chargers are heading to this game here sitting on a regular season record of 10-7 on the year. When playing on the road the Chargers ended up posting a record of 5-4. In their last 5 games the Chargers ended up posting a 4-1 record. The last game ended up being a close 31-28 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Chargers Offense

This season the Chargers ended up getting a total of 269.6 yards per game in the air. The rushing attack was not that good with only 89.6 yards per game. Still, this did convert to a total of 23 points per game for the Los Angeles Chargers. Justin Herbert is the quarterback who has managed to lead Los Angeles on the year going 477/699 for 4,739 yards with 25 touchdowns with 10 picks, but was sacked 38 times. Austin Ekeler led the Chargers rushing attack with 915 yards and 13 touchdowns on a total of 204 carries. As a team the Chargers gained 1,524 yards with 15 touchdowns on a total of 404 carries. The Chargers used three different kickers who went a combined 31/33 for field goals with a long of 48, but the extra points went 40/40. In the losing effort the Chargers had Justin Herbert go 25/37 for 273 yards with 2 touchdowns, but Chase Daniel went 5/7 for 25 yards with a touchdown as well. The rushing offense was horrible with a total of 22 carries for only 59 yards and no scores.

Chargers Defense

Defensively the Chargers ended up giving up a total of 22.6 points per game on the year. As a tea the Chargers allowed only 200.4 yards per game in the air and when it came to protecting against the run the Chargers gave up 145.8 yards per game. The Chargers were led by Drue Tranquill who recorded 146 tackles. The sack leader for the Chargers was Khalil Mack with 8 sacks for 58 yards lost. The defensive back with the magic hands was Bryce Callahan with 3 picks for 37 yards returned and a score. In the loss against Denver the Chargers gave up 266 yards in the air and 3 touchdowns, but did get a pick and 2 sacks. The rushing defense allowed 205 yards and a touchdown while facing only 36 carries.

Jacksonville is coming to the game here with a 9-8 record on the year overall. When playing at TIAA Bank Field the Jaguars ended up getting a record of 5-3. The Jaguars did finish the year off on a 5-0 record. The last game for Jacksonville ended up being a 20-16 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Jaguars Offense

The Jaguars offense on the year has managed to get 232.9 yards per game in the air while picking up 124.5 yards per game on the ground. This has led to the Jaguars getting a total of 23.8 points per game. The passing attack for Jacksonville has been led by Trevor Lawrence who has went 287/584 for 4,113 yards with 25 touchdowns and 8 picks, but recorded a total of 27 sacks. The rushing offense has been led by Travis Etienne Jr who has carried the ball 220 times for 1,125 yards with 5 touchdowns. The rushing offense has gained 2,116 yards with 448 yards with 16 touchdowns as a team. Riley Patterson is the kicker for the Jaguars who went 30/35 to the field goals for a long of 53, but ended up going 36/37 from extra points. Jacksonville is coming off of a week that seen them beat the Titans by a score of 20-16. The Jaguars seen Trevor Lawrence go 20/32 for 212 yards with a touchdown, but was sacked 1 time for a loss of 9 yards. The Jaguars rushing offense was horrible with only 19 yards picked up on 14 carries.

Jaguars Defense

Defensively Jacksonville has allowed a total of 20.6 points per game. The Jaguars defense allowed only 238.5 yards per game in the air. However, Jacksonville ended up giving up 114.8 yards per game on the ground. In the win the Jaguars ended up giving up a total of 165 yards in the air with a touchdown allowed, but did get a pick and recorded 4 sacks for a loss of 14 yards. The rushing defense gave up 147 yards on 39 carries on the day. Foyesade Oluokun is the leader in the tackles with 184 tackles. The sack leader for the Jaguars is Josh Allen who recorded 6 sacks for 40 yards lost. When it comes to picking off the ball Andre Cisco, Rayshawn Jenkins, Tyson Campbell, and Devin Lloyd all recorded 3 picks.

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars Odds: Chargers -1.5, Jaguars +1.5

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars Money Line: Chargers -110, Jaguars -110

Over/Under Odds: 47.5

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars Pick: Los Angeles Chargers -1.5, Under 47.5

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I like the Chargers to get the win in this game here and cover the spread. However, the total I do not think will really be challenged in this game. Yes, both teams do have an explosive offensive potential, but I think the defenses will control the game here. The one key thing is the Chargers are going to need to bounce back from their struggles against Denver and establish their running game early and that is something I see happening here as the Chargers win and cover on the under.

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