Confidence in Ryan Mathews: There has been a lot of talk about whether Mathews was even the Chargers’ primary back anymore. Sure, Jackie Battle has been ahead of him at times, but there is no doubt the Chargers want Mathews to carry the load, and they know they will be better shape if he does. Mathews had 80 yards on 12 carries Sunday at New Orleans and he had some big runs. He is digging himself out of the doghouse.
Who’s hot: Linebacker Shaun Phillips has long given the Broncos problems, and not just because he manages to get under the skin of Denver players with what he says on the field during games. It looks like his play might be causing pain too. Phillips has had a hot start to the season, with a team-high 4½ sacks in five games, nearly
The Chargers’play wasn’t horrible in their 31-24 loss to the Saints (1-4) on Sunday night. There were bright spots in all areas of the game, but the entire team lacked consistency, which made their overall effort average at best and dropped their record to 3-2. Average isn’t good enough and will get you beat every time, even when you’re playing an 0-4 team.
SAN DIEGO — NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth saw something wrong with Chargers left tackle Jared Gaither and predicted that New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson would sack Philip Rivers to end Monday night’s game.