Nov 18,2014

Week 11: Eating Crow and Told Ya So

1346807I have no issues with being held in check. You win some and you lose some. You’re not always going to be right and that’s okay. Here, I recap my weekly picks and how they played out. San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews made a very successful return to the starting lineup, as I predicted.


San Diego Backfield
Ryan Mathews resumed his role as the Chargers’ RB1, carrying the ball sixteen times for 70 yards. Back from an MCL sprain, Mathews out-touched and out-produced RB2 Branden Oliver by a margin of three attempts and 34 yards. While Oliver only managed one catch on the day, he was targeted three times in the passing game, which exceeded the number of looks Rivers lobbed Mathews’ way. Mathews’ return helped the Bolts snap a three game losing streak, though the contest was closer than it should have been considering the opponent. Moving forward, this RB duo will have some stiff competition as they’ll face four of the five best run defenses through Week 16. Regardless, Mathews should continue to be started as his volume is likely to increase, especially if Philip Rivers is hobbled in any real way.

Joique Bell
As predicted in my Week 11: Running Back Round Up column, it was Bell who produced on an uptick of opportunities with Reggie Bush fighting a nagging ankle injury. The Lions’ power back carried the ball a routine fourteen times, but became more involved in the passing game. Catching his second highest number of balls so far this season…

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