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Trevor Lawrence threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns, James Robinson rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown and the Jacksonville Jaguars ended an 18-game road losing streak with a decisive 38-10 victory over Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Herbert started after being listed as questionable all week with a rib injury. The third-year quarterback passed for 297 yards but returned it twice, going 25 of 45 with a touchdown.
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Jacksonville’s road skid was tied for eighth longest in league history. The Jags won in the Pacific Time Zone for the fourth time in 19 trips and beat the Bolts on the road for the first time in six tries.
Riley Patterson scored three field goals as the Jaguars (2-1) surpassed the 30-point mark for the first time since Week 2 of the 2020 season. It was also the first time since December 2000 that they win consecutive games by at least 20 points.
The Chargers (1-2) only had the ball for 22 minutes and were held 29 yards rushing. In addition to Herbert not being at full strength, they were missing center Corey Linsley, receiver Keenan Allen and cornerback JC Jackson. Two additional starters – linebacker Joey Bosa and offensive tackle Rashawn Slater – were injured during the game.
The Jaguars led 16-10 going into the third quarter and dominated from there. Robinson provided the knockout punch with a 50-yard TD left tackle on fourth-and-1 of 50. It was the longest TD run of Robinson’s career and his second-longest carry overall .
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After the Chargers made three assists, Lawrence – who completed 28 of 39 passes – led a 14-play, 60-yard drive that fell 8:27 behind and was capped off with a 4-yard pass to Christian Kirk. Evan Engram scored the 2-point conversion to make it 31-10 with 1:15 left in the third quarter.
Lawrence finished his second NFL three-touchdown game with an 11-yard connection to Marvin Jones midway through the fourth quarter.
Jacksonville took a 13-0 second quarter lead with 10 points on turnovers for the Chargers. After Patterson was good for 22 yards on the first play of the second quarter, the Jaguars quickly got the ball back when Devin Lloyd caught a pass from Herbert on a deflection and returned it 10 yards to the 5-yard line of the. Jacksonville extended its lead to 6-0 on Patterson’s 23 yards.
The Jaguars found the end zone on their next possession. Five plays after Foyesade Oluokun picked up a fumble from Herbert at LA 28, Lawrence rolled a left and found Zay Jones in the back of the end zone from 14 yards out.
Lawrence lost his first nine road starts since being the first pick in the 2021 draft. Hall of Famer Peyton Manning also lost his first nine road starts before winning in the third week of his second season (1999), 27-10 at the San Diego Chargers.
Herbert played despite a broken rib cartilage he suffered on a hit in the Sept. 15 game at Kansas City.
The third-year quarterback, who made his 35th straight regular season start, was 3 of 7 for 27 yards and had two turnovers on the first four drives before leading the Chargers on their only touchdown in the middle of the second quarter. Herbert was 7 of 8, for 70 yards on that streak, including a 15-yard TD pass to Mike Williams.
Herbert had 900 completions and 10,000 passing yards in the loss. He is the fastest in league history to reach completion.
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Chargers: Bosa suffered a groin injury in the first quarter and did not return. … Slater (biceps) came out in the second half.
Jaguars: in Philadelphia (3-0) next Sunday. Doug Pederson coached the Eagles for five seasons and led them to a Super Bowl title in 2017.
Chargers: In Houston (0-2-1) next Sunday.