Given the parity that is evident in the NFL this year, a 3-3 record in the AFC is not that bad, but the San Diego Chargers could very easily have been 5-1 heading into their bye week. The Bolts have been competitive in every game except for a blowout home loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week Three.
Forcing the Chiefs into six turnovers (scored 24 points off them), the Bolts got out to an early lead and were never seriously threatened, as San Diego maintained a one-game lead over Denver in the AFC West race.
The return of Mathews to the lineup was welcomed by most Charger fans, as the third-year pro out of Fresno State was coming off of a broken clavicle suffered in the preseason opener versus Green Bay. What wasn’t welcomed was Mathews again getting slippery hands with the ball. In 27 career games, Mathews has fumbled 11 times, with six being recovered by the opposition.
Along with cashing in on five touchdowns, the Chargers’ defense was also in tune against the team from Music City, keeping rookie QB Jake Locker on his toes most of the afternoon in front of more than 60,000 in attendance.