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QB Philip Rivers - San Diego Chargers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Rivers had been middling as a fantasy quarterback and was dealing with a decimated offensive line and wide receiver corps. No problem as he lit up the vulnerable Browns defense heading into a Monday night matchup against another weak unit - the Steelers.

Week 5: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Philip Rivers has thrown for more passing yards than any other NFL quarterback over the first 1/4 of the season, slinging 100/141 for 1,249 passing yards, eight TDs and four interceptions - last week, he threw 23/38 for 358 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions against the Browns. Keenan Allen (seven targets for 4/72/1 receiving), Ladarius Green (six for 4/53/1), and John Phillips (one for 1/1/1) handled the TDs for Rivers, while Danny Woodhead (four for 4/84/0) and Dontrelle Inman (five for 3/88/0) also made some big plays for Rivers. It's all good in this phase of the game, and now this week tight end Antonio Gates returns to the fold after serving his four-game suspension - the rich just get richer in San Diego, friends. Joe Flacco was sacked five times last week for -21 yards, ending the night at 21/34 for 165 net yards passing, one TD and one interceptions thrown. Two weeks ago, Pittsburgh allowed 19/29 for 187 net passing yards, zero TDs and one interception to Nick Foles and company. To date, the Steelers are 13th in the NFL averaging 232.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores handed out vs. two interceptions (tied for 21st in the NFL) and an impressive 14 sacks (fourth in the league) generated to date. This is a tough matchup for the Chargers even though they are at home in Qualcomm Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs DET 79 35 42 404 2 2 2 -2 0 0 26
2 at CIN 63 21 27 241 2 1 1 5 0 1 18.55
3 at MIN 60 21 34 246 1 1 0 0 0 1 14.3
4 vs CLE 65 23 38 358 3 0 1 -1 0 0 29.8
5 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds * 26 36 * * * 1 * * * *
5 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 24 36 * * * 1 * * * *
5 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 22 32 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs CLE (23 / 38 / 358 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Rivers has to be given a lot of credit for remaining tall in the pocket with a lot of pressure once again coming at him from all angles. The opening possession of the game set the tone for most of the first half, as the Chargers are still trying to adjust to their many offensive line issues (injuries among them). The timing was off with several passes, he wasn't able to step into throws, and there were several atypical cases of miscommunication between he and his receivers. Late in the first half, he finally began finding a rhythm. After starting the game 0-4, at one point Rivers completed nine of his next eleven. Included among them was a perfectly-thrown ball to the front corner of the end zone to Keenan Allen. Allen made a fantastic adjustment on the play, reaching out to bring it in with a diving effort for the touchdown. Rivers added two second half touchdown passes, both to tight ends not named Antonio Gates. With Gates set to return from suspension next week, the other big guys kept the spotlight to themselves for one more week. Ladarius Green was questionable to play after suffering two concussions in the past month, but ended up suiting up for the game. He went high over a defender to haul in a deep ball from Rivers from 19 yards out. The final touchdown pass by Rivers was considerably easier, as the entire defense collapsed on the fake to running back Melvin Gordon, leaving backup tight end Joh Phillips wide open in the back of the end zone for the score. On the game-winning field goal drive, Rivers completed just two passes (one each to Allen and Green) to put the team in range for the game-winning kick.

2015 Week 3 vs MIN (21 / 34 / 246 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Rivers was under heavy duress all game long. He was hit on nearly every drop-back early on, and rarely had much time to do anything. He had one really bad turnover early on when he held onto the ball a bit too long. He was hit just as he was about to throw, and the ball popped loose and was recovered by Minnesota. Aside from one drive late in the first half, the offense never did get into any kind of rhythm, and San Diego was blown out so badly that Rivers was actually pulled from the game with over eight minutes left to play. On that one positive drive, he finally got a little bit of time and found a streaking Malcom Floyd deep down the field for a 39-yard gain. It was a perfectly-thrown ball, and was by far their longest play of the game. Later on that possession, Rivers fired one down the sideline to Keenan Allen, who hauled in a tough catch as two defenders collided around him. Allen then simply waltzed into the end zone with absolute ease. But when the second half commenced, it was back to more of the same for the Charger offense. Rivers was sacked on third down on their opening possession of the second half, and it only got worse from there. Later in the half, he took a huge hit to the ribs and had a lot of trouble getting to his feet. The Chargers called a timeout to give him some time to regroup, and he stayed in. But soon after that, he threw a pass intended for Stevie Johnson. The ball popped off of Johnson's hands and into the waiting arms of a Minnesota defender, who returned it for a touchdown. Rivers' afternoon mercifully ended when backup Kellen Clemens came in with just under nine minutes left in the game.

2015 Week 2 vs CIN (21 / 27 / 241 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Rivers was without one of his best offensive lineman in D.J. Fluker for this game, so special attention was paid to his protection. It didn't take long for that to become an issue, as he was hit from behind early on and lost the ball for a fumble. Aside from that one hiccup, though, he was mostly efficient. He extended a streak that began in Week 1 in which he completed 22 consecutive passes. Rivers finally threw one a bit behind wide receiver Stevie Johnson that was unable to be corralled, ending the streak. Johnson was one of his favorite targets on the day, resulting in a second half touchdown pass. That touchdown was the 255th of his career, which broke Dan Fouts' team record for touchdown passes. It also tied Rivers with Sonny Jurgensen for 14th in league history. Rivers' favorite first half target was Ladarius Green, who seemingly got open at will until the second half when Cincinnati started double-teaming the big tight end. With Green effectively taken out of the mix, Rivers once again started looking to his backs and receivers. He could never really get on the same page with last week's hero Keenan Allen, but he did link up with Malcom Floyd for a long 40-yard deep ball that resulted in a touchdown after some blown coverage by the Bengals. The ensuing two point conversion attempt (the first by San Diego in nearly four years) was a poorly-executed screen pass attempt to Allen that was blown up behind the line of scrimmage. On the last-gasp comeback attempt, Rivers tried forcing one over the middle from his own 31-yard line and about a minute left. The defender made a phenomenal play on the pass, hanging onto it and twisting to the ground despite a lot of contact. It was the only interception thrown by Rivers on the day, although there were a couple of close calls that were either dropped or deflected harmlessly to the ground. There was one very Philip Rivers-esque play late in the first half when he scrambled towards the sideline. As the defender eased up, seemingly expecting Rivers to duck out of bounds, Rivers instead lowered his shoulder into the defender to try to gain a few extra yards. The two were then seen jawing at one another immediately afterwards.

2015 Week 1 vs DET (35 / 42 / 404 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Rivers looked more like the MVP contender of last year's first half, than the guy who struggled down the stretch to close out the season. Clearly, the team has surrounded him with a bevy of weapons that should help keep him amongst this year's elite passers. In this game, he tied Dan Fouts with the 254th touchdown pass of his career, as well as setting a team record with 404 passing yars in a single game. Early on, the Lions pass rush got to him on several occasions. Rivers also made a couple of costly mistakes, with two interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown by the Lions, and another that could have been a touchdown but Rivers threw it behind wide receiver malcom Floyd in the end zone). But Rivers was surgical in the second half, picking Detroit apart almost at will. They had no answers for Rivers or the rest of the team, as he calmly sat in the pocket and identified the most open player on each play. More often than not, that player was wide receiver Keenan Allen. But he really spread the wealth around a great deal.


Latest News

Chargers | Philip Rivers leads in yardage (Tue Oct 6, 07:20 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers leads the league in passing yards with 1,248 through four games and owns a completion percentage of 70.7.

Our View: Rivers is getting it done with shorter passes. His 6.11 air yards per passing attempt ranks 32nd in the league. However, his 7.57 yards after the catch per completion average is 1st in the NFL. His average time before pass of 2.09 seconds ranks 2nd in the NFL behind only Tom Brady (2.04).
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Chargers | Philip Rivers leads the way (Sun Oct 4, 10:01 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 23 of 38 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-27 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 4.

Our View: Rivers was shorthanded on the offensive line and the wide receiver corps, but he still had a huge game. The Browns pass defense is one to exploit, and the Ravens, who have a wide receiver shortage of their own, will draw them next. Rivers gets the Steelers defense on Monday night in a good matchup for him and the Chargers.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers on INT streak (Tue Sep 29, 03:13 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has thrown an interception in nine straight games -- the longest active streak in the NFL. The next longest active streak is three games.

Our View: Rivers needs to take care of the football if the team wants to get back on track. They could still be a factor in the AFC West, but right now the team is 1-2. That's tied for the worst record in the division with the Chiefs.
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