San Diego Chargers: Making a Super Bowl Run Without a Dominant Rushing Attack

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San Diego Chargers: Making a Super Bowl Run Without a Dominant Rushing Attack
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Ryan Mathews beats the Denver Broncos on his way to yet another touchdown in the 2010 season finale.

This may be a little premature, but after watching the Seahawks dominate Mike Tolbert and Ryan Mathews on the opening drive of last week's preseason opener, I'm in panic mode about the San Diego Chargers lack of a running game.

I just cannot see the Chargers winning a Super Bowl with the running back running into his own linemen to start every game. If the team were to have some success in the opening quarter running the ball, they might be able to put away some teams by halftime.

Instead, they're struggling to hold off teams like the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter. That is ridiculous.

While last season's running game wasn't horrible, it wasn't 2007 LaDainian Tomlinson either. Rarely did the running game come out strong and put a defense on its heels, namely the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders couldn't stop anybody on the ground except for the Chargers last season.

That has to stop. No pun intended.

The Chargers have a few things to improve on in 2011, and among them is being able to dictate what direction the game will go in to the opposing defense. If that doesn't happen, however, there are still ways for the Chargers to wind up in the playoffs and even win the Super Bowl.

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