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August 16, 2013

Offense not clicking, Bears beat Chargers 33-28

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In other words, it was a rough night for the Chargers' special teams.

5. MATHEWS MIGHT BE CHARGING BACK: The Chargers' Ryan Mathews carried nine times for 45 yards on Thursday after running for 19 on three attempts the previous week. OK, so that won't make anyone forget LaDainian Tomlinson, the man he replaced. But it's a start coming off a nightmarish season.

A Pro Bowl pick in 2011, he broke his right collarbone in the exhibition season a year ago and fractured his left collarbone in December. His total yards dropped from 1,091 to 707, and his average per carry went from 4.9 to 3.8.

"The way he is running the football that's what we're looking for from our back," coach Mike McCoy said.

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