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Philip Rivers, Austin Ekeler key route of Jaguars

The Chargers don’t have much to play for, but they got an impressive win in Week 14.

Austin Ekeler of the Los Angeles Chargers runs for yardage during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on December 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars are a dumpster coming down the home stretch, and the Los Angeles Chargers were the latest team to take advantage. Philip Rivers bounced back from an ugly stretch, Austin Ekeler had one of his best games of the season, and Mike Williams finally got in the end zone in the 45-10 victory.

Neither team had anything to play for in this one, with their playoff hopes mostly shot. The Jaguars were eliminated with the loss, while the Chargers will be eliminated if the Steelers hold on in Arizona. It’s about pride at this point, and the Jaguars are showing much at this point.

Rivers was the big performer this week, throwing for 314 yards and three touchdowns, finishing with 27.56 DKFP. It was his first three touchdown performance since Week 1, and avoiding a turnover snapped a three-game streak in which he threw eight interceptions. It was such a route that we even got to see backup Tyrod Taylor got some mop-up duty in the fourth quarter. Taylor finished the game completing three of five passes for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Melvin Gordon led the team in rushing attempts, but Ekeler had the more effective game. He had 97 rushing yards on only six carries and 98 receiving yards on three receptions, along with a receiving touchdown to finish with 37.30 DKFP. Gordon finished the day with 55 rushing yards and one touchdown along with five receptions for 29 yards to finish with 19.40 DKFP.

Williams had a relatively light day with only three targets, but he caught two passes for 63 yards and a touchdown, finishing with 14.30 DKFP. The score was his first of the season after ten touchdowns last season. I imagine he let out a bit of a sigh of relief with the score.

The Chargers improve to 5-8 while the Jaguars drop to 4-9. The Chargers host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15, while the Jaguars travel to face the Oakland Raiders.