Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs with the ball in the second quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews Will Need To Be Big Part Of Game Plan vs Broncos


Ryan Mathews has been running the football hard and has been picking up huge chunks of yards. He got lost in the shuffle over the weekend against the Washington Redskins because we were down early and had to play catch up with the passing game. When the Chargers try to move the ball in the air, Danny Woodhead is the main guy.

There has been a lot of scrutiny on the use of Ryan Mathews in the last game, but I think he will get a ton of use this weekend against the Denver Broncos. The Chargers have to bring back the power running attack and the offense will have to control the clock and pick up big first downs in order to move the football and kill the clock. If the Chargers want a chance at beating the Broncos, they will need to pull off the same keep away offense that got them the win against the Indianapolis Colts. That means Ryan Mathews will get a ton of touches and he will have to pound out those yards.

If there is one team that Ryan Mathews loves facing, it would be the Denver Broncos. He has averaged 102 yards running in 5 games against them in his career. He has a total of 503 yards rushing against the Broncos and 3 touchdowns. He needs to get that rock a ton and keep up that production. If Ryan gets over 100 yards running in the game, we should leave that game with the W.

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  • tubbs45

    Lets see if the ‘Wiz’ agrees… I think he should be a HUGE part of the game and not an after thought… every game he was +80 in yardage or over 22 touches we have won. so spare us the check downs and pound the rock, then rotate woodhead in to the mix.

  • Tazzster

    A balanced attack is always best, however looking at the numbers….

    Denver Defense:
    Total YPG – 24th in the league
    Running YPG – 3rd in the league
    Passing YPG – 30th in the league
    Scoring – 26th in the league

    Now stats can be misleading the difference between the running and passing yardage may just be a result of teams always being behind and feeling the need to pass more in order to score quickly to get back in the game. In the Denver/Washington game Washington was running well on Denver, then with a 14 point lead they decided to throw the ball… it was weird. RGIII made a lot of bad passes and Denver went onto crush them.

    Either way, Denver’s defense gives up points. Our offense needs to control the clock.

    There are two ways to beat Manning, One – keep him on the sideline. Two – make him move out of the pocket.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      yea… might be skewed cuz teams are always behind… but we should be able to move the football and punch in some touchdowns. that will be the biggest thing for our offense. We will have to put touchdowns and not field goals also

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        “punch in some touchdowns”… Exactly Ernie. If they aren’t going to let him pound it in on the half yard line, and we settle for field goals… we are gonna have a tough time beating Denver.

        • Michael

          We will have a tough time beating anybody…….

      • Tazzster

        This may really be the key to the game – Red zone efficiency.

        The Bolts D has been doing a good job at keeping teams out of the endzone and making them settle for FGs. If they can do that on Sunday and Phillip and crew can figure out how to get the ball in the endzone…. we all may be really happy on Monday.

        Another thought just came to mind. What if we just skip the Redzone altogether? Once we break the 30, we should just try and score from there. – This may be my best idea EVAR~! Someone foward this to Whisenhunt!

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          Hahaha… That might be our best chance

  • w1LLz

    Speak on it Ernie, speak on it! No matter who the opponent is every game is a must win. Let’s go BOLTZ!!!

  • shane

    i think teams, esp us bolts, abandon the run far too early…we were hardly playing catchup on sunday, we were leading much of the game and were down by 10 for a few mins. but when its 10 or under, don’t abandon your game plan, the game’s very much so in reach. key is play calling. mathews was sweet last week when he got the ball, linemen love run blocking…run the damn ball!

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    I’m officially a Chargers fan this week. I hope they give Manning fits all game long, and have him doing that wierd head bobbing cussing thing he does when he’s pissed (you know the one I’m talking about)

    GO CHARGERS!

  • Gunnar Martin

    Whiz better learn from his mistakes. Obviously needs to keep a more balanced attack, especially with Ryan at the goal line.

  • Derek

    This is the game Matthews proves he belongs here. Beyond the fact that no Rb looks formidable in the upcoming draft. We are a top 10 offense if he can hold up his end securing the ball we can be top 5, and carry our defense till they get it together

  • philiprules

    Which means it will never happen, because the Donkeys are going to expect it. Whiz instead will go with a series of idiotic plays thinking no-one would expect the Chargers to try something that stupid so they’ll be caught by surprise. Yeah, that’s it.