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QB Philip Rivers - Los Angeles Chargers

6-5, 228Born: 12-8-1981College: North Carolina StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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Week 3: vs Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Philip Rivers and the Chargers passing game have declined of late, and it may not be a fluke. Dating back to the start of 2016, they sit 17th in the NFL in adjusted yards per attempt, a marked dip from Rivers' typical standing. Some of that stems from Keenan Allen's 15-game absence, of course, and they're a better passing game with him on the field. But Rivers' age and the shoddy state of his offensive line could be harbingers of an extended drop-off. Allen dominates volume, but doesn't inject a lot of explosiveness into the offense. He's settling in as a trusted yet limited target from the slot - exceptionally valuable to the Chargers, but capped in eruptive upside. Their best shot at downfield dynamism probably lies in Tyrell Williams, who was truly great in his first NFL action in 2016. Williams averaged a studly 8.9 yards per target and tied for sixth league-wide in receptions of 20+ yards, catching 7 touchdowns along the way. He's talented enough to provide dimension to the offense, if only a complementary role, but the Chargers look like only a slightly above-average passing offense right now. The Dolphins secondary is becoming a later-stage home for formerly elite cornerbacks. Byron Maxwell, once the prize of the 2015 NFL free agency class, will battle his 2014 counterpart, Alterraun Verner, for one of the starting spots. Maxwell was quite solid in his Dolphins debut, and youngster Xavien Howard posted a strong half-season on the other side, but this was still a shaky unit last year on the whole. They were picked apart down the stretch, allowing big passing days to the mediocre offenses of San Francisco, Baltimore, and Buffalo. Reshad Jones' return will definitely help their outlook, but they'll likely struggle sporadically. Their tight end defense is definitely one to target - especially with Timmons and Maualuga pressed into hefty roles. Last season they allowed 60.3 yards per game and 10 touchdowns to the position, so the Chargers duo of Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates could feast.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at DEN 59 22 33 192 3 1 0 0 0 0 20.6
2 vs MIA 58 31 39 331 1 0 1 0 0 0 20.55
3 vs KC PROJ-Dodds * 24 37 * * * 1 * * * *
3 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay * 24 37 * * * 1 * * * *
3 vs KC PROJ-Bloom * 24 39 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs MIA (31 / 39 / 331 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

For the second straight week, Rivers put up big stats and did all he could to put his team in position to win the game. And for the second week in a row, a missed field goal resulted in a loss. Why this matters for fantasy owners going forward, is that it's clear that Rivers is surrounded by talented weapons. And just as telling, it's pretty likely that he'll be playing full 60-minute games for most of the season. Charger games have tended to come down to the last drive on more than a few occasions the last few years, so there may not be many instances of running out the clock. In this game, he got a good amount of time to throw and was given a clean pocket for most of the afternoon. On the rare occasions that a Miami defender got near him, it was usually by design as the play called for a screen or a swing pass. Rivers' first trip near the end zone resulted in a fade to tight end Hunter Henry (who Rivers seemed intent on getting involved after not seeing a single target a week ago) in the corner. The ball was way overthrown by Rivers, but somehow drew a pass interference flag. The Chargers then opted to run the ball three straight plays, with the third one resulting in a touchdown. Rivers didn't look very far down the field, for the most part taking what the Miami defense gave to him with crossing routes and swing passes and letting the skill guys do the rest. In the second half, Rivers had to do some more work. A pass to Henry set the Chargers up in goal to go offense, and he seemed intent on getting the ball to Antonio Gates (who came into the game needing one touchdown to pass Tony Gonzalez on the all-time list for touchdowns by a tight end). The first attempt floated way up over Gates' head and was nearly intercepted in the end zone. It was a very poor decision by Rivers. But on the next play, he found Gates with a quick strike halfway through the end zone, as the big tight end held on despite defenders dragging him down as he landed. Throughout the fourth quarter, Rivers was precise and accurate with his passes, only coming close to an interception on his lone deep ball attempt. He heaved one up for Travis Benjamin on a third and long situation, so the presumed thought process is that if it had been picked off it would have acted as sort of a long punt. But Benjamin broke up the pass at the last moment, so it fell incomplete. On the potential game-winning drive, Rivers drove the Chargers from their half of the field and into Miami territory, setting up a 44-yard field goal that would have given the team the victory but it wasn't to be.

2017 Week 1 vs DEN (22 / 33 / 192 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

With the Chargers trying to keep it close early on, they leaned heavily on the run game. Rivers completed just 6-11 passes in the first half, and they weren't really attacking down the field. But as has been the case so many times, when the team fell behind and took to the air, Rivers started finding his rhythm. Despite being under duress throughout the game, he was putting up respectable stats if not a huge volume of pass plays. He even found Melvin Gordon on a short dumpoff over the middle for a score, although the majority of that touchdown was the result of a fantastic individual effort by Gordon. Early in the second half, Rivers' lone turnover came on a slant intended for Keenan Allen. Both Rivers and Allen screamed profusely at the official for a pass interference or illegal contact flag, but it wouldn't come. Finally, the Chargers broke through with another score when Rivers found a wide open Allen near the back of the end zone to make the game 24-14. Following a Broncos fumble, Rivers took over and immediately connected with Travis Benjamin on a wide open 38-yard touchdown bomb. It was thrown in perfect stride, with Benjamin beating everyone on the play. On the team's final last-gasp drive to try and tie it up, he was nearly intercepted on a pass over the middle but would have been bailed out by the pass interference flag anyway. Rivers managed to drive the team close enough to attempt a game-tying field goal, but the kick was blocked.

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Latest News

Chargers | Philip Rivers restructures (Tue Sep 12, 10:41 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers converted $3 million of his base salary into a signing bonus Tuesday, Sept. 12, which opened up $2 million in salary cap space.

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Chargers | Three TDs for Philip Rivers (Tue Sep 12, 06:37 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for three touchdown passes and 192 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Denver Broncos on Monday, Sept. 11.

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Schedule

3vs Kansas City Chiefs
4vs Philadelphia Eagles
5@ New York Giants
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Denver Broncos
8@ New England Patriots
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Dallas Cowboys
13vs Cleveland Browns
14vs Washington Redskins
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16@ New York Jets
17vs Oakland Raiders