Can We See That Again From Ryan Mathews?

By Ernie Padaon

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end

Trent Cole

(58) attempts to tackle San Diego Chargers running back

Ryan Mathews

(24) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

How about that San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews. He just teased us again with his play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. He has been the biggest tease ever.

Mathews easily had his best football game of the season and I can’t think of many better games than this one. His ability to pick up chunks of yards running the football helped the Chargers run down the clock and control the time of possession. He ran hard and with authority the whole game. You couldn’t tell that he just had a concussion the week before. He was running toward the contact and made sure that someone was going to feel it when they attempted the tackle. There were multiple times that he knocked someone’s helmet off. He just kept making plays.

That is the type of performance we want to see from Mathews for the rest of the season. Mathews has always teased us with his ability. We had been waiting for him to put a whole game together and now we want to see him string a couple of good games together.

He has always been fast around the edge and he has always done a good job of picking up yards between the tackles. He just never has been the guy that could make a guy miss in the open field. He never was able to break off the big one.

He just needs to keep focused and keep running hard. We don’t want to see him have a setback with another fumble or an injury. His confidence must be high right now. Let him ride that out and take it out on the Jacksonville defense on Sunday.