SD vs. CHI - The Good, the Bad and the Definitely Ugly

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Nov 1, 2012; San Diego CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Matthews (24) is defended by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Javier Arenas (21) on a 31- yard run at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Chiefs 31-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews – Mathews has a load of potential and with some better coaching is starting to show it. Mathews ran for 45 yards on 5.0 yards per carry rate and watching him run, he’s done a better job of keeping his pads low and elbows into his body. Running the ball shouldn’t be about fighting for extra yards at any cost, but instead playing smarter, hopefully this trend continues for No. 24.

Edwin Baker – Suddenly it became a three way race for the third running back position, and Ronnie Brown is nowhere to be seen. Fozzy Whitaker and Baker had good outings against the Bears with Baker only carrying five times, managed to run 36 yards and recorded the longest carry of any Charger with 17 yards and a 7.2 average.

It’s difficult to say that the Chargers played well during the second pre-season game. The obvious problems are still the obvious problems, the Chargers have to reduce turnovers and play better special teams. The Chargers offense out dueled the Bears netting 383 offensive yards compared to Chicago’s 185 yards, only 42 yards in the passing attack. The Chargers had a 4.9 team average on the ground compared to the Bears 3.9 team average and if you were to take away Matt Forte’s 58 yard dash, they would be reduced to 85 total yards and 2.4 yards per attempt average. That would have held Forte to 16 yards on seven carries. The longest passing play was from Brad Sorensen to, believe it or not, Robert Meachem for 40 yards. The Bears longest pass play was to Brandon Marshall for 19 yards, the Chargers second and third longest play was for more yards than that. San Diego was also more efficient on 3rd and 4th downs, Chargers quarterbacks playing at average 100.8 passer rating compared to Chicago’s 74.7 average.

Nevertheless, the team stunk! Special teams, what good is a returner if he cannot secure the ball on the catch? Both Keenan Allen and Richard Goodman made this mistake and should know better, considering they have the experience as returners. Fumbles, each quarterback recorded a fumble, two of those were lost. Those turnovers turned into points for the Bears. Luckily it’s pre-season and mistakes are validated, but when regular season arrives we don’t have the luxury of giving up a few points or games for that matter. Thank gawd it’s only pre-season!

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