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Jaguars vs. Chargers: 3 things we learned in San Diego's 33-14 win

The Jaguars showed signs of life in the first half, even leading for a short time in the second quarter. The Chargers quickly snuffed that out with 23 unanswered points on their way to a lopsided win.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars looked like a different team, more vivacious and productive, early on with rookie Blake Bortles making his first NFL start in a Week 4 game in San Diego. Better wasn't enough. The Chargers quickly snuffed out whatever life the Jaguars had with 23 unanswered points on their way to a 33-14 win and the top spot in the AFC West.

Toby Gerhart unpacked his lunch pail and gave the Jaguars their first rushing touchdown of the season ... and first since November of last year. San Diego struck back with a 47-yard touchdown to Eddie Royal, but Bortles answered that with a touchdown pass to tight end Nic Jacobs to put the Jags back on top, 14-10. And that's where the fun ended.

Rivers hit Royal again for another long touchdown with just over a minute to go in the first half. The Chargers never had to look back. He threw three touchdowns Sunday to give him a total of nine on the season.

The win moves the Chargers to 3-1 on the season, giving them a lead for the division over the Denver Broncos, idling this week on an early bye. Jacksonville left still looking for its first win in what's supposed to be a better season for the Jaguars.

Here's what we learned from this one:

1) Philip Rivers is in MVP form. There's plenty to like about what the Chargers are doing this season, but everything starts and ends with Rivers. He's got more than 1,100 yards and accounts for the bulk of their scoring output this season. It's only Week 4, but if voters had to pick the most valuable player in the league right now, it's hard to make a case for anyone over the weird guy in a bolo tie.

2) Blake Bortles is better than Chad Henne. Of course he is. The real surprise is that the rookie is more ready than even his coaches thought he was when the season started. His stat line in this one -- 29 of 37 throws for 253 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions -- doesn't tell the whole story. He's better finding his open receivers than Henne and at least gives the fans some hope for the future. If the Jaguars can't get better play from their offensive line for four quarters at a time, this is going to be a tough season for Bortles and everyone else.

3) The battle for the AFC West is on. Remember when it was supposed to be the Broncos running away from everyone in their division and maybe the entire AFC? That could still happen, but it's going to have to wait until at least Week 8 when the Chargers and Broncos face off for the first time this season. Until then, the Chargers will host the Jets, travel to Oakland and come back home to play the Chiefs -- not a bad stretch of schedule. Denver gets to play the Jets too, but also has to face Arizona and San Francisco in the interim.