As many Charger fans knew coming into this season, head coach Norv Turner and general manager AJ Smith were on a tight leash. Essentially, the mantra is not only make the playoffs, but at least win one round or very likely one or both will hit the road after the holidays.
Fans in Charger Country are asking why running back Ronnie Brown isn’t getting more carries. Thus far in 2012, he’s been splitting carries with Ryan Mathews, but it may be time to make Brown the go-to guy.
In a pathetic 7-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns Sunday, the San Diego Chargers’ offense looked worse than the chances of Hurricane Sandy not having a major impact on the East Coast to start the work week.
With a win, San Diego (3-2) would move two games in front of Denver (2-3) in the division race, with essentially a three-game lead having had won the head-to-head encounter before they meet again Nov. 18 in the Mile High City.
The San Diego Chargers fell to 3-2 Sunday night, missing a golden opportunity to go two games up on division rival Denver by losing to the New Orleans Saints 31-24 The Chargers now head into a showdown with the Broncos next Monday night in San Diego.
Given last year’s road debacle at Arrowhead Stadium (23-20 OT loss), a game the Chargers seemingly were about to win on a late field goal before they turned the ball over, San Diego knows that winning games within its division will be crucial this year.
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.
For the Chargers, stopping Atlanta’s high-powered passing attack will be the top priority, especially with the Falcon ground game only churning out 75.5 yards per game the first two weeks of play.
While starting running back Ryan Mathews has been sidelined since breaking his clavicle in the preseason opener versus Green Bay just over a month ago, word comes that Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates is not 100 percent for the match up with the Titans.
The signing of guard/tackle Reggie Wells, a 10-year veteran, comes in the wake of the unknown verdict on starting left tackle Jared Gaither, out since late July with a back injury.
Excerpt: Mathews rushed for 1,091 yards last season in his second NFL campaign, injured his clavicle on his first carry of the first preseason game this summer. In that win over Green Bay. When the Bolts line up to meet the Raiders in Oakland, he still will not be in uniform, recovering from surgery. San Diego will also be without wide receiver Vincent Brown.
Whenever the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders get together on the football field, expect more than just a little excitement. In fact, expect an all out war.
Running back Ryan Mathews is targeting the Chargers’ Sept. 10 season opener against the Oakland Raiders for his return from a broken collarbone suffered in San Diego’s first preseason game.
The San Diego Chargers may have defeated the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night in the preseason opener, but lost running back Ryan Matthews to injury.
San Diego’s Bryan Walters caught a 14-yard pass from Billy Volek to give the Chargers a 34-31 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.