Mathews Goes Down, But Can The Browns Rise Up?

While most saw this game as history, both the Chargers and Packers saw it as their first chance to get better as a football team. While this game was historic, in that it was the first time a female official worked an NFL game, it wasn’t that glorious on the field for either team. While the Chargers won 21-13, it was ugly, even for a preseason game.

Before the game, NFL odds favored the Chargers by -2 ½, and they came through for their backers. Despite turning the ball over three times and losing their starting running back to a broken clavicle on his first play from scrimmage, the Chargers came out on top.

The Packers turned the ball over four times, and Aaron Rodgers was pretty bad, throwing 2/8 for only 16 yards and a pick. Phillip Rivers went 3/5 with 37 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The biggest news besides the first female official in NFL history was the news that Ryan Matthews broke his clavicle on his first carry. After an injury plagued season last year, things aren’t looking up for Matthews now. He will reportedly be out four to six weeks, which puts his status for Week 1 in serious doubt.

While the Chargers didn’t show much, there were a few bright sides after the buzz kill of the Matthews injury. Vincent Brown caught four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, while longtime Charger Antonio Gates also had a touchdown.

The Chargers still aren’t getting any love from the sportsbooks, but they still play in a wide-open division. Week 1 of the preseason was a loss when Matthews went down, but the playoffs will still be in reach if Matthews can come back healthy. Without Mathews, the Chargers will turn to Ronnie Brown and will hope Wide Receiver Vincent Brown can continue to emerge.

August 14, 2012

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