In three career games against Denver, Mathews has 72 rushing attempts, 382 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. In the 2010 season, Mathews had 26 rushing attempts, 120 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
In a game against Denver during the 2011 NFL season, Mathews had 24 rushing attempts and 125 rushing yards while he had 22 attempts and 137 yards in the other game against Denver last season.
These were Mathews’ most productive games in his two plus NFL seasons when it comes to rushing yards. Mathews came off the bench in San Diego’s last two games this season, which were against the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints.
Mathews had 14 rushing attempts against KC while he led the team in rushing attempts with 12 as well as rushing yards with 80 against New Orleans.
Denver allows 3.8 yards per rushing attempt which ranks 11th in the NFL, so Mathews could be in for a battle. However, with Mathews’ success against Denver, it would be foolish to not give him at least 20 rushing attempts.
I expect Mathews to have about 150 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns on Monday against the Broncos. This would take pressure away from Philip Rivers, who has eight touchdowns and five interceptions this season.
Mathews needs this type of game for himself and his team because San Diego has been one win shy of making the playoffs the last two seasons.
San Diego is 2-0 against AFC West opponents this season after going 3-3 in 2010 and 2011, so this could be a big win for the team.