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Ryan Mathews says he’ll be ready, after missing second half

Ryan Mathews, Chris Crocker AP

For the last two weeks, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews skipped a few days of practice to rest a sore ankle, but was able to play.

When he wasn’t able to finish yesterday’s win over the Bengals, it raised more questions about his condition.

My mindset is I’m playing,” Mathews said, via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. “We keep fighting. Coach [Mike] McCoy says it all the time. It’s the next man up. We’re all ready.”

The Chargers combined to run 40 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Even veteran Ronnie Brown got in on the act, with the game-clinching 58-yard touchdown late, as Mathews watched from the sidelines.

They clearly missed their lead back, failing to convert a pair of short-yardage runs in the fourth quarter, with Brown and Le’Ron McClain not getting it done.

Getting Mathews healthy again before next weekend will be crucial, as the Chargers’ keep-away strategy needs his ability, and that strategy will be even more important against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

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18 Responses to “Ryan Mathews says he’ll be ready, after missing second half”
  1. rg3andthensome says: Jan 6, 2014 9:22 AM

    Yeah Yeah Yeah…..Oft injured and oft over rated

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 6, 2014 9:25 AM

    They didn’t miss him much in the 2nd half. The Chargers have been rolling in the running game this season. Mathews has looked like the guy he’s always been hyped-up as in the last few weeks. Still, this is at Denver and throwing deep is how you beat them.

  3. dasmol says: Jan 6, 2014 9:27 AM

    I hope he’s rested, healthy and ready to go on Sunday. 7th best in yardage this season, and just 32 yards from 3rd (Charles).

  4. joetoronto says: Jan 6, 2014 9:39 AM

    They didn’t play Matthews in the 2nd half because they were worried about him fumbling, and you can’t blame them.

  5. peymax1693 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:52 AM

    I am very surprised that the Broncos are favored by 10 in this game. Everyone that watched the two games this year, especially the Thursday night game, knows that the Chargers match up very well against the Broncos.

    It would not surprise me at all if the Chargers win, even if Manning has a great game, because I just don’t have any faith in the Broncos defense to make key stops.

  6. peymax1693 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:56 AM

    johnnyjagfan says: Jan 6, 2014 9:25 AM

    They didn’t miss him much in the 2nd half. The Chargers have been rolling in the running game this season. Mathews has looked like the guy he’s always been hyped-up as in the last few weeks. Still, this is at Denver and throwing deep is how you beat them.

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    That is one way to beat them. Another way is to play ball control with the running game to keep Manning off the field. That’s what they did in the Thursday night game and it worked to perfection.

  7. stopthehate15bowdown says: Jan 6, 2014 10:55 AM

    San Diego has a very well coached team whose style is perfect for the playoffs and matches up well against Denver. So the broncos can’t take them lightly but if Denver wins the turnover battle and commits to slowing down their running game the this will be a 10 point victory. Talent wins out the more times u play a team and I predict at least 1 pick 6 from rivers on Sunday

  8. chalkruz1989 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:17 AM

    The best way to stop Peyton Manning and the high-powered Denver Bronco’s offense is to control the clock. Ryan Mathews is a special talent that has been derailed by countless injuries.

    The San Diego Chargers do not posses an aerial attack that will scare the Bronco’s. However, if they are able to run the ball effectively, Philip Rivers will be able to hit on throws over the top.

    I have been pleased thus far with the playoff games, a lot of close contests. This game I anticipate to be the same, taking Denver however by six.

  9. dannymac17 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:55 AM

    “Still, this is at Denver and throwing deep is how you beat them.”

    Wrong.

    The Chargers didnt do that last time. They ran it down their throats.

    Be quiet Jags fan. You have zero clue

  10. dontcountemout says: Jan 6, 2014 12:25 PM

    Throwing deep is exactly how you lose to Denver. Keeping Manning off the field and not settling for field goals in the red zone is how you beat Denver…..and they are beatable.

    Chargers have a ball controlling, drive sustaining offense that keeps teams frustrated and unable to gain momentum.

    A coach that understands the game plan of the opposition.

    A quarterback that has been successful time and time again in games just like this.

    Already beat them there

    Coming in as huge underdogs!

    Priceless

  11. chargerssuperhero says: Jan 6, 2014 3:07 PM

    @joetoronto… They didn’t play Matthews in the 2nd half because they were worried about him fumbling, and you can’t blame them.

    Well if you knew anything about this season with Mathews, he has been solid for them with only ONE lost fumble the entire season, while being 7th in the NFL in rushing, 2nd in the AFC rushing. If there is ANYONE this season who Chargers fans would want to have the ball to kill the clock, or have the ball on a first and goal in the 4th quarter it’s Mathews !!! Years past, no, but this season YES. You obviously haven’t watched any Chargers games this season or looked at the stat sheet.

  12. jasonculhane says: Jan 6, 2014 3:11 PM

    What gets lost is Peyton Manning is 3-1 against the Chargers since he became a Bronco. 12-3 Td to int ratio. It gets lose because of the results he had in Indy, but its an entirely different rivalry.

    Still having said that if the Broncos lose this game especially knowing the complete gameplan of what the Chargers are gonna do ahead of time Jack Delrio and John Fox should both be fired. There is only ONE way to be beat you and you DON’T let that ONE way do it if your Jack or John and both are defensive minds…

    I realize Broncos probably would have benefited having Welker and I do realize Manning had the ball and threw a pick in the 4th on a short week thursday night, but that defense got wore out and their offense looked tired.

    But having said all of that, no way you let the Chargers run on you like they did that thursday night game…NO WAY, if anything you stack the box and make it a faster game with Rivers throwing the ball, I would pick that way to lose over milking the clock because atleast it gives the Defense opportunity for turnovers.

  13. beauregard says: Jan 6, 2014 3:13 PM

    It’s so cute to watch the underdog Bolts talk trash.
    But let me remind you;
    You came in THIRD place in the AFC West
    You backed into the playoffs on bad calls and a team resting 20 of its 22 starters.
    In 2013 you’ve lost to the Powerhouse teams of the Texans, Titans, Raiders Redskins and Dolphins.
    You’ve never ever won a Super Bowl.

    So, come on up to the Mile High stadium. No one here is worried about you.

  14. dasmol says: Jan 6, 2014 4:17 PM

    The Chargers didn’t back into the playoffs. They won four straight and got some help. Winning four straight is hardly backing into anything. And again with the bad call bs. See Texans vs. Chargers week 1 to see that it has in fact, evened out.

    Yes, they came in 3rd. After handing the Broncos their first home loss of the season, sweeping KC, and splitting with the faiduhs. That’s on top of beating playoff teams, the Colts, and the Eagles.

    You sound worried.

  15. pamiho32332013 says: Jan 6, 2014 6:27 PM

    Who brags about being 7th??????

  16. dasmol says: Jan 6, 2014 6:33 PM

    Is it bragging, or is it showing that he’s not the bust the haters hoped he’d be?

  17. pamiho32332013 says: Jan 6, 2014 6:34 PM

    San Diego will benefit from having Mathews able and ready to play. Having said that, Knowshon Moreno’s 1,586 total yards and 13 touchdowns surpasses Mathews 1,444 and 7 touchdowns. Maybe Denver’s run game should get a little respect as well.

  18. bigbanghunter says: Jan 6, 2014 6:51 PM

    - The real reason for all the whining is the Bolts wildly inconsistant play, brilliant one minute and awful the next, but that is precisely why no on wants to play them. If the brilliant team shows up then all bets are off.

    - If you doubt that go ask the Bengals.

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