San Diego running back Ryan Matthews was a big reason why the Chargers came out of Jacksonville with a 24-6 road win. Matthews ran for a season-high 110 yards and his first touchdown this Sunday, one his best performances in what might be considered a disappointing career.
However, Mathews didn’t want any credit after the game.
According to Pro Football Talk, Matthews told reporters that it was the offensive line that deserved all the credit.
Matthews told the media, via the San Diego Union Tribune:
"Interview the linemen. They deserve some credit. Go get them. Give them their time to shine."
Indeed, the Chargers’ offensive line does deserve a lot of the credit. Both starting left tackle King Dunlap and backup Mike Remmers got hurt early in the game. The Chargers were forced to shuffle the line, moving rookie right tackle D.J. Fluker to left tackle and moving right guard Jeromey Clary back to last year’s spot at right tackle. Even so, the line was able to create holes for Matthews, as well as keep quarterback Philip Rivers upright, who was a near perfect 22-of-26 with a touchdown.
Chargers center Nick Hardwick also had high praise of his fellow linemen:
"Rotating, in flux, guys are just football players. Stepped up and just played ball. Everyone’s cross-trained. . . . It’s a flexible group that just loves to play ball and get after it."