One of the most surprising participants in this year’s NFL Playoffs is the Jacksonville Jaguars. They went on an improbable run at the end of the season, which coupled with the Tennessee Titans falling apart, led to the Jaguars taking home the AFC South title.
That means that they are hosting a game during Super Wild Card Weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers. These two teams met earlier in the season in Week 3 with Jacksonville taking home a convincing 38-10 victory on the road.
Both teams look plenty different from then, as the leading rushers for both teams, James Robinson and Sony Michel, are no longer on the teams. Justin Herbert was also dealing with a rib injury that he suffered in the previous game and star wide receiver Keenan Allen was injured.
What can we expect from their rematch? Here are five bold predictions for when the Chargers head to TIAA Bank Field to take on the Jaguars Super Wild Card Weekend.
5. Quarterback Dual Ensues
Both the Chargers and Jaguars have one of the brightest young quarterbacks in the league in Justin Herbert and Trevor Lawrence. Both have been great this season as Herbert continued the great start to his career and Lawrence took a major step in Year 2.
In the first matchup, Lawrence got the best of Herbert, completing 28-of-39 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Herbert struggled with his rib injury, completing only 25-of-45 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
This time around, it will be a good old-fashioned quarterback dual. Both players will complete at least 70 percent of their passes for 275+ yards and multiple passing games. Herbert will get the better of Lawrence this time around stat-wise, completing a higher percentage of passes for more yardage.