The Chargers have found the strategy tailor made for them. San Diego’s offense held on to the ball for 38 minutes, which is just short of 2/3 of the game. The biggest reason I woke up with a smile on Tuesday morning is that Ryan Mathews ran for 100 yards! Yes! The Bolts have not seen a 100 yard rusher (Ryan Mathews) since December 11, 2011!
Ryan Mathews’ 22 carries for 102 yards averages out to 4.6 yards per touch. Woodhead also chipped in with 4 yards a touch as he registered 9 carries for 36 yards.
Being able to run the football so well is what allowed us to dominate the time of possession. A touchdown and 4 field goals will not usually win many football games, but it will when you keep the opposing offense on the field for just 20 minutes. The Chargers converted 7-14 3rd downs as opposed to Indianapolis converting just 2 out of 10. Of the Chargers’ 24 first downs of the night, 8 of them came by way of the ground game.
With an injury plagued defense like ours, this is the ultimate recipe for success. Long drives that end in points will go a long way for this team. Running the ball effectively is a key to long drives. Boil it all down and the crucial part of our teams success is our run game