JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No NFL group has fewer victories on the West Coast than the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The franchise is 3-15 all-time within the Pacific Time Zone and winless when going through the Chargers on the street: 0-4 in San Diego and 0-1 in Los Angeles.
It’s considered one of two shedding streaks Jacksonville (1-1) hopes to finish when it performs on the Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) on Sunday. The Jaguars even have dropped 18 consecutive street video games, tied for the eighth-longest skid in league historical past.
“That (junk) is completed with and we’re shifting ahead,” veteran defensive finish Roy Robertson-Harris mentioned. “All the things we’re doing is totally completely different.”
All the things about these Jaguars actually appears and feels completely different proper now. They’re coming off a 24-0 drubbing of AFC South rival Indianapolis, the franchise’s eighth shutout in 28 seasons and first since 2018. The final three have come in opposition to the Colts.
Jacksonville’s eighth consecutive dwelling victory in opposition to Indy adopted a less-than-ideal opener at Washington during which coach Doug Pederson’s group made numerous errors and squandered a fourth-quarter lead.
Pederson’s message to his gamers has been the identical each weeks: “So what, now what?” His motto would possibly resonate extra coming off a dominating win and making ready to face one of many AFC’s prime groups.
“In case you maintain dwelling on the great things or the dangerous stuff from the previous, it’s going to hang-out you as a result of now you’re spending all of your consideration on one thing that’s handed,” linebacker Josh Allen mentioned. “You’ll be able to’t actually have a look at your work and say, ‘Dang, I did good.’ You simply can’t stay on that.
“As an expert group, now we have to maneuver ahead. We anticipate to win. I feel this group is constructed to win, so we anticipate to win. We’ve got to learn to win and learn to transfer ahead to get one other one and one other one and one other one, and combat adversity when wanted. That’s our mentality.”
Upsetting the Chargers, who’re 7-point favorites in accordance with FanDuel Sportsbook, can be an enormous step ahead for one of many youngest groups within the league and one which seems, lastly, to be headed in the correct path after years of futility.
Jacksonville has allowed not less than 33 factors in every of the six video games on the Chargers, outscored 182-91 in these contests. All of them have been determined by double digits.
After all, that’s the norm for Jacksonville on the other coast. Of the group’s 15 street losses in opposition to the Chargers, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams, 13 of them have been by 10 factors or extra.
The Jags have been non-competitive in each West Coast journeys in 2021, shedding 31-7 after a bye week on the Seahawks and 37-7 to the Rams in early December. Then-coach City Meyer had the group depart Friday, a day sooner than ordinary for many street journeys, in hopes of getting everybody acclimated to the time distinction. It backfired.
Pederson is switching issues up and protecting his group on East Coast time.
“Each time zone you return, it takes a day or so, 24 hours, to form of catch up,” he mentioned. “So actually you must exit on like Thursday in the event you actually need to catch up. In case you simply maintain all the pieces type of standing (quo) and maintain the way in which we’ve been doing it right here, you don’t have to fret about something apart from the time.”
Jacksonville final gained on the West Coast in December 2019, spoiling the Raiders’ ultimate recreation on the Oakland Coliseum. That’s additionally the group’s final street victory. The Jags have been winless on the street in 2020 and 2021.
“We’ve obtained to do issues completely different,” Robertson-Harris mentioned. “We will’t do the identical issues we did a 12 months in the past as a result of clearly what we did didn’t work. We have been 2-100 or no matter it was; I don’t even know what the rattling document was, however it wasn’t good.”
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