Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos strong safety Mike Adams (20) prepares to tackle San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Game Ball: Ryan Mathews

Ryan Mathews put in work! He carried the team on his back and kept pounding away. The offensive line deserves a huge amount of credit for their role in the running game as well.

The ground and pound game helped control the clock and moved the offense up and down the field. The team imposed their will over the Broncos defense and Mathews took most of that load. For a fumbling, injury-riddled running back, he killed it last night and he has been killing it all season.

Ryan Mathews has turned around his reputation in the league. He runs with authority and has been dealing punishment at the end of his runs.

I love his work this season. He is getting the ball more and more often and the team has trust in him. They give him the ball down in the red zone and they give him the ball with the game on the line.

This game against the Broncos was one of Mathews best games as a pro. The Broncos knew that he was going to get the football and he still picked up yards.


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  • Michael

    Yeah buddy, ,,,, look out raiders, payback time

  • Peter Thompson

    I look at all these great players we have on this offense… all the turnarounds that have happened… and I still think I am most impressed with Mathews this season. I know Philip is playing lights out, but I already knew he could. Most people had Mathews listed as another AJ draft bust before the season began. Now, he might be going to his second pro-bowl, and is carrying the team in must-win situations. If anything, he should have even better numbers, but McCoy & Whisenhunt used him extremely poorly until about mid-season.

    • PakMaN

      Now I want him to put an “LT” like beatdown on the Raiders before I touch that humble pie. 1000 yards a season isn’t unheard of.. he’s playing “GOOD” not Elite or great by any means.

      • Peter Thompson

        Agreed… I would love for him to beat down the Raiders, but I think Keenan may want those honors this time (Hat-Gate)… lol. Hopefully they can both have two or three TD’s a piece!!!!

        I’m not saying Mathews is Adrian Peterson, by any means. However, we are a passing offense, so he hasn’t had 30+ touches a game, because guys like Christian Ponder & Matt Cassel are under center… and there is probably another 100 yards or so the team left on the field from holding calls that erased big chunks of yardage. Not to mention, he shares carries with Woodhead, who is also doing great. I did a poll before the season started, and most people voted he would have between 600 & 900 yards. He has already surpassed those expectations. In my eyes, that is a successful season.. especially since he has stayed healthy, despite running so hard, and not fumbled away the ball.

        • PakMaN

          He definitely exceeded my expectations going into the season, but if this were a contract year, I would flip a coin if I would want to resign him unless he came cheap.

        • Stefanie Smith

          Pete, you are the Bolt Beat poet! “Hat-gate!” lol

    • arnie

      Amen to that. I don’t need to ride RM24 jock to know, some things needed to change for him to be successful.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Looks like the coaching staff has finally learned how to use him. You go Ryno!

  • Carlos J Manzano

    I think Rivers said it well, he came into this league feeling like he needed to be LT and meet the expectations that were set for him. Couple injuries, slow starts. He now realizes that he needs to be Ryan Mathews and no one else.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Absolutely. Phil said it perfectly.