Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) and running back Ryan Mathews (24) during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
When the Chargers have the football, they have to protect that football. There were a couple of backs over the weekend with a history of fumble problems, David Wilson and Stevan Ridley, that had that issue sprout up on them again. Ryan Mathews has to take care of that football. We can’t give the Texans any extra possessions.
We have to know where J.J. Watt is at all times. He is the biggest playmaker on the field and we need to keep him off of Philip Rivers. Even when he doesn’t get to the quarterback, he can knock down and tip passes. Any time the ball is tipped, there is a good chance of an interception. D.J. Fluker will have his hands full with that mess and I am sure Wade Phillips will try to confuse the rookie as much as possible.
The receivers need to get open. Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal are back. They have to give Philip Rivers a target. Vincent Brown will have to step up and make plays. Keenan Allen will have to do the same. The offense has a lot to deal with, but the team can still move the football.
Ryan Mathews has to show that potential that always gets talked about. The running game will save us this season and especially in this game. Slow down the pass rush and be a threat in the running game.
Can the Chargers move the ball and protect the football against this defense? If they are, we win this game.