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Five match-ups to watch during Chargers vs. Lions

Ryan Mathews vs. the Lions run defense: Matthews is tied with LeSean McCoy and Matt Forte for the highest yards per rush attempt average in the NFL among players who are top 10 in rushing yards while the Lions are giving up the most yards per rush attempt in the NFL.

Philip Rivers vs. Ndamukong Suh: One of the more intense quarterbacks in the game vs. one of the more intense defensive tackles in the game. Hopefully Suh will have the holiday spirit and go after Rivers without ripping off his helmet as he has done to several quarterbacks the last two seasons.

Chargers secondary vs. Calvin Johnson: San Diego has the NFL’s sixth ranked pass defense while Johnson ranks second in touchdowns, fourth in receptions and fourth in receiving yards in the NFL, so containing the receiver known as Megatron will be one of the keys to victory.

Chargers defense vs. Lions offensive line: The Lions rank 31st in rush attempts, so the Chargers’ defense will be coming after Matthew Stafford all day long.

Chargers special teams vs. Lions special teams: This game could be decided by a field goal as San Diego’s defense allows two fewer point per game than Detroit’s, and Detroit’s offense scores almost three more points than San Diego’s offense.