After Jacksonville lost another game and spread cover last week, there’s whispers of both a relocation to London and a rise in fantasy value of an opponent’s running back.
First the whispers. Should Jacksonville relocate to London, a minor adjustment in division alignment could take place in the AFC.
The talk is that Miami would swap and take the Jags’ spot in the AFC South, with Jacksonville/ London moving to the AFC East to make travel easier for them and its three annual division opponents: Buffalo, New England and the N.Y. Jets (plus the attractiveness of the latter two opponents).
Fantasy news: How good is Ryan Mathews? The former first round pick of the Chargers is coming off his second 100-yard performance since his rookie season as his fantasy value piques interest in leagues though reports mostly continue to list him as a player to avoid.
“Ryan demonstrated his work ethic by coming to training camp early this year, then working as hard as anyone on the team,” noted Chargers fullback Le’Ron McClain, who came over from Baltimore where he blocked for Ray Rice and Willis McGahee during his seven-year stay.
“It’s all about tempo and blocking,” said McClain, a top-flight blocking back. “I do my job, whatever my duties call (for). Then it’s running back by committee. Whatever the game plan is, I’m ready to do it to make the team win.”
Mathews, similar to former Chargers standout LaDainian Tomlinson, has seen his road as an established back filled with potholes. Despite last week’s 102-yard effort in an upset triumph over Indianapolis, one key decision in the closing minutes could’ve given the Colts an opening to rally when he ran out of bounds to stop the clock.
“That could have cost us the game,” said head coach Mike McCoy. “When you look at the big picture of things of running out of bounds, letting them not have to call a timeout or letting the time run out, whatever their strategy was going to be there, that’s a critical mistake and we can’t have that.”
In last In Sunday’s 24-6 victory at Jacksonville, all five line members started for the first time in consecutive weeks, leading to a 110-yard performance by Mathews, his second straight effort over the century mark. He had three straight in 2011, but only had a game-best of 95 last season.
Injuries: San Diego (4-3) finished with only the five healthy offensive lineman against the Jaguars. However, with a bye this week, the coaching staff Is optimistic that most of the linemen will be ready to go at Washington on Nov. 3.
Playoff? – San Diego currently holds the sixth and final playoff berth, which would give the AFC West both wild cards. On the flip side, the Bolts still must play the two teams above them – division-leading and undefeated Kansas City and once-beaten Denver – twice each.
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