Not since the days of LaDainian Tomlinson have the San Diego Chargers been able to actually boast about a successful rushing attack. While the level of competition was certainly a step down on Sunday against the pitiful Jacksonville Jaguars, the Bolts’ run game was anything but.
From a steady diet of Ryan Mathews to a change of pace dose of Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown, the Chargers really used the ground game to perfection on Sunday. All told the San Diego rushing attack rolled up 157 yards on 35 carries for a very pleasant 4.5 yards per carry. That kind of production is really going to go a long way toward making quarterback Philip Rivers and the rest of the offense hum.
Speaking of Rivers, he was close to perfect on the day and continues to be primary reason Bolts will remain contenders this season. His stat line of 22-of-26 for 285 yards with one score and zero turnovers was absolutely awesome for the Chargers, and there’s no denying the immediate impact the signal caller has seen from the coaching staff addition of Mike McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt.
The rushing success may come with an asterisk as the Bolts were facing the NFL’s worst run defense by a wide margin, but the team’s overall performance against an inferior opponent was commendable. This is the type of game that the Chargers would have kept close in previous years or even unexpectedly lost due to a lack of focus or just a completely flat effort in general. This year’s team is determined to turn the page on the past and write its own history which continued with a Week 7 win getting them to over .500 for the first time on the 2013 season.
By no means is this a time to celebrate because these Bolts still have plenty of work to do in search of a postseason berth this year. Heading into the bye week with some momentum should be a good thing for this team as it recovers for a tough stretch run that features two games with both undefeated AFC West rivals in the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos.