Any number of outcomes are possible at the beginning of the playoffs. Almost half of the league, including the Chargers and Jaguars, can still win the Super Bowl. However, to reach the end of the playoff battle royale, there will be a win on Saturday.
Former Rams offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth knows all about it, having finished the grind in his final season in the league.
The lineman supported the Jaguars against the Chargers in today’s contest. Here’s how he explained why:
“I think they are [Jaguars] really dangerous. And I think they’re young and really, ‘Hey, you know what? We’ve got nothing to lose and we’re hot and we’ve got momentum,” said Andrew Whitworth.
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He went on to explain that Doug Pederson could be the not-so-secret ingredient:
“I think it’s a dangerous combination in the playoffs because I think the experience is sometimes you realize how big it is, but when you don’t get any of it and you’re like, ‘Hey, we’ve got momentum, we me got Doug Peterson, he’s cool as can be. He’s relaxed.”
Andrew Whitworth played left tackle for the Los Angeles Rams in 2021, protecting Matthew Stafford’s blind side as he threw the team past the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and finally the Cincinnati Bengals.
Doug Pederson will be the X factor in the Chargers-Jaguars showdown
Al Michaels and Tony Dungy will be on hand to announce what many are expecting to be one of the weekend’s games. One of the main stories of the weekend is how little playoff experience there is in either conference.
While both the Chargers and Jaguars’ rosters and staff are laden with playoff inexperience, the Jaguars have an advantage in one of the biggest leadership positions.
Doug Pederson was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles’ run to the 2018 Super Bowl with backup quarterback Nick Foles.
Staring at Tom Brady at the height of his power, the duo beat him in his own ballpark, leading many to believe Pederson’s history of untested quarterbacks could make all the difference in the postseason.
Earlier this season, Pederson dominated the Chargers and rode to their biggest blowout of the season with a 38-10 win. Will history repeat itself on Saturday night, or will the Chargers turn it on its head?
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