Chargers vs. Chiefs: Why Ryan Mathews Must Carry Chargers on MNF
Take the path of least resistance. That is precisely the motto the San Diego Chargers need to heed when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night football.
On a foggy Halloween night, Phillip Rivers and company are about to take on a hungry Chiefs squad. Well, they don't need River to be great. They hardly need him to be any good.
The call of the day should be to get Ryan Mathews the ball early and often. Rivers has hardly been the statistical machine we expected to see this season. The Chargers are finally rolling and Rivers has been marked by turnovers and inconsistency.
The last thing they need is Rivers to force the issue as he tries to assert he is an elite quarterback on national TV.
The Chiefs are near dreadful in the pass rush having me confident they can control the tempo, clock and yardage if they give Mathews the ball.
The game is still very young but the beginnings of a tragic ending may have started. The Chargers opted to go vertical in their opening drive giving the Chiefs the ball immediately.
The Chargers are too good to start with a three and out. Simply put, they are over thinking the game here. It may be ugly and down right unwatchable, but you pound that ball on the ground all night and win by a safe margin.
As I watch the Chiefs flirt with an opening drive score, i can't help but fear the Chargers will instead be playing catch up all game. That is exactly what you don't want as the Chiefs will give you the game on the ground if you want.
Give Mathews the ball and reap the rewards. The easiest way to win on this Monday night is to take the path of least resistance.
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