He finished with 128 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the San Diego Chargers‘ 27-20 win on Thursday night. It’s his fifth game of the season with over 100 yards, which Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes is tied for the league lead.
Ryan Mathews had five 100-yard games in first three seasons. Has five this season. Five, by the way, tied for most in NFL this season.
— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) December 13, 2013
Although it’s a strong performance from Mathews, make sure to temper expectations for the final two weeks. He’s been up and down all year, and ESPN Stats & Info indicates that this is the first time all season that he’s had touchdowns in back-to-back games.
Ryan Mathews: has a TD run in consecutive games for the 1st time this season
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 13, 2013
There’s no question that Mathews was running the ball well. Bleacher Report’s Michael Schottey mentioned Edgerrin James’ name to describe the way Mathews carried the football.
Ryan Mathews has a little Edge James in him the way he hits the crease in those outside zones. No need to wiggle, just go.
— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) December 13, 2013
The Chargers get the Oakland Raiders next week and finish up with the Kansas City Chiefs. Mathews could have success in both of those games, as neither has been stout against the run this year and any success that Philip Rivers has could open up holes for the running game.
With so much on the line, it makes sense if you’d like to start a more reliable running back in your lineup.
If you’re willing to take the gamble, go ahead and fit Mathews in as an RB2 or flex option for the rest of the regular season.