COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Chargers have recently owned the series against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Chargers have defeated the Jaguars six straight times by an average of 19 points a contest and hold a 7-2 record in the all-time series.
The last time the Chargers lost to the Jaguars was 2007.
“We’ve been dominated by them, I can say that,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “They’ve beaten us pretty soundly.”
Specifically, Philip Rivers has torched the Jacksonville defense, completing 71 percent of his passes for 2119 passing yards with 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
Rivers has been sacked just nine times in seven meetings and owns a 120.passer rating against the Jaguars.
Of course, this Jacksonville defense is different. The Jaguars are No. 3 in the league in total defense and lead the NFL in sacks this year with 35. And at 5-3, they sit atop the AFC South, tied with the Tennessee Titans.
The Chargers, meanwhile, have 3-5 record and started the season 0-4. So Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn doesn’t believe overconfidence will be an issue.
“It’s not the same team,” Lynn said. “We’ve talked about that. This team has a new identity and playing to the strength of their roster. They’re playing well. They’re physical. You have to stop the run against this team. They’ll run 50 times if you let them.”
Added linebacker Denzel Perryman: “This is a new team, new year -- new everything. Even with us, this is a new defense and a new coaching staff. And it’s probably the same thing with them -- new players and new faces. So we’re going to treat it like any other opponent. The history is the history.”
One of the new faces that’s been a difference-maker for the Jaguars has been defensive end Calais Campbell. The 10-year pro left the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, signing a four-year, $60 million deal with the Jaguars in free agency.
Campbell was a 3-4 defensive end with the Cardinals, but moved outside to the edge in a 4-3 scheme with Jacksonville and has flourished, leading the league in sacks with 11. The most sacks Campbell had with Arizona in one season is nine in 2013.
Campbell matches up against two familiar faces at left and right tackle from his time in the NFC West in former Seattle Seahawk Russell Okung and former Los Angeles Ram Joe Barksdale.
Campbell said he worked out with Okung this offseason in Los Angeles at Proactive Sports.
“I was really looking forward to the opportunity,” Campbell said. “I played a true D-end most of my whole life since I was six, and then I got to the NFL and I had to make a big time adjustment. I did that, and it worked out well for me in Arizona.
“Wherever they put me in, I’m going to do the best job I can. But I always thought I could do pretty good on the edge. I wanted that chance, and Jacksonville gave it to me. So I took it, and it’s been pretty good so far. But we’ve got a long way to go.”