Recommendation: Jackie Battle got the start in Week 4 and played well, but the smart money is on Mathews regaining that role in the near future. Regardless of who starts this particular game, the Chargers want to mix and match both backs liberally depending on situations, so we probably won't see a huge disparity in the number of touches this week. That being said, Mathews is clearly the more explosive of the two players, and you can bet that the Bolts will ride him in the coming weeks if he gets hot. Ball security remains a concern, but, for now, the arrow is probably pointing up for Mathews.
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Update: Head Coach Norv Turner is not going to announce the starting running back for Sunday night's showdown at New Orleans before the game actually starts, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.