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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 Nov 24): Rivers isn't making the big downfield strikes, but he looked more like himself against the Rams, and potential shootouts against Tom Brady and Peyton Manning at home are up in Weeks 14 and 15.

Week 13: at Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Philip Rivers is playing through a assortment of nicks and dings (listed as chest and rib injuries on the official injury report), which may be limiting his ability to throw downfield - he attempted just one pass over 20 yards vs. the Rams last Sunday. Nevertheless, Rivers piled up 29/35 for 291 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown against the Rams, while taking three sacks for -9 yards. Keenan Allen (nine targets for 6/104/1) was his main man last week, while Eddie Royal (six for 6/50/0) and Ladarius Green (three for 2/34/0) helped keep the chains moving - all told, nine different receivers caught at least one ball from Rivers last weekend. The Ravens' pass D did just enough to hold off Drew Brees and the Saints Monday night, but they still coughed up almost 400 net yards passing (35/45 for 399 net yards, three TDs and one interception thrown by Brees, with four sacks taken for -21 yards). Two games ago Zach Mettenberger was limited to 16/27 for 143 net yards, one TD and one interception, with five sacks taken for -36 yards - but nobody would mistake the rookie Mettenberger for Brees. To date, the Ravens are ranked 29th in the NFL averaging 264.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores given out vs. seven interceptions and 29 sacks generated (23rd- and eighth-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Rivers made it work against the Rams, and he has a largely inexperienced and overwhelmed secondary to pick on this week - advantage, San Diego. Also, the passing matchup is tough for Ryan Mathews and company, so Rivers will likely need to throw the ball a good bit in this contest.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at MIA 12 23 138 0 3 1 3 0 1
11 vs OAK 22 34 193 1 0 1 -1 0 0
12 vs STL 29 35 291 1 1 3 -1 0 0
13 at BAL PROJ-Dodds 23 35 * * * 2 * * *
13 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay 23 35 * * * 2 * * *
13 at BAL PROJ-Bloom 24 38 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 11 vs OAK (22 / 34 / 193 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Many assumed that they bye week coupled with a date at home against the hapless Raiders is all Philip Rivers needed to get back on track. After his first pass of the game, that seemed to be the case. He fired a perfect strike to WR Malcom Floyd in stride for a touchdown just over the defender's head. But even that score was fortuitous, because the Chargers got the ball deep in Oakland territory following a fumbled snap. And after that early success, Rivers struggled for almost the entire game. He was under a lot of pressure from the Oakland front, and looked completely out of sync with his receivers. At one point, he and WR Keenan Allen were seen disagreeing about something on the sideline. It didn't really get very heated, but it just showed the disconnect he was feeling due to all of the on-field miscommunication (and this was with two weeks to prepare!). He was nearly intercepted on a bad pass to Floyd when the defender jumped the route by diving in front of the ball, and Rivers was fortunate it wasn't picked. The Chargers just looked disoriented in general. Even when they managed to occasionally pick up a blitz, it's not as if the receivers were running free in the secondary. Late in the second half, he appeared to find a little bit of a rhythm in getting the ball into field goal range (though K Nick Novak missed the 48-yard attempt). That momentum carried into the second half when he showed perfect touch on a floater down the sideline to Floyd for a 24-yard gain. The reception would have put the ball inside the 10-yard line, but it was negated due to a holding penalty. More importantly, Rivers came up limping after the play. He looked to be in a lot of pain on the field but refused to stay on the ground. He was seen having his left knee checked out on the sideline. On top of that, he was hit hard late in the game and was almost doubled over in pain. According to another sideline report, he was having his ribs looked at. But despite getting knocked around, he remained in the game and was healthy enough to engineer a clock-killing drive late in the fourth quarter that left the Raiders with about a minute left to go 88 yards (which they failed to do).

2014 Week 12 vs STL (29 / 35 / 291 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)

Rivers has been banged-up in recent weeks, and entered this game with sore ribs. He didn't seem to be greatly affected by any lingering affects, although he didn't attempt very many deep balls. The Chargers excelled at using the short passing game via screens and crossing routes to pick the Rams apart little-by-little all game long. Gradually, they opened up the offense a bit as the game wore on but there still weren't very many deep shots taken. In the first half, he looked a little bit shaky even with a conservative approach. The one time he tried to get a little bit risky, he forced a pass to the end zone to WR Keenan Allen. Allen stumbled a bit, the defender jumped the route, and took it the other way for a touchdown. Late in the half, Rivers regrouped and engineered a very efficient drive to put the team into field goal range. In the second half, he looked more comfortable in the pocket. He was looking off of defenders, checking down to secondary options, and actually had enough time to do so. The quick-strike offense helped as well, because he didn't have to sit in the pocket with the ball in his hands for very long. As of the early fourth quarter, he had only attempted one pass greater than 20 yards (and that was a throwaway out of bounds). But with that, he floated one deep down the left sideline perfectly in time with TE Ladarius Green who hauled it in for a 28-yard gain. Later on that drive, he dumped one off in the flat to Allen, who turned it upfield with a tremendous individual effort to reach the end zone. Without lighting up the stat sheet, Rivers quietly had a terrific performance from an efficiency perspective (completed over 80% of his passes and averaged more than 8 yards per attempt).


Latest News

Chargers | Philip Rivers expected to play (Fri Nov 21, 03:49 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 12.

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Chargers | Philip Rivers a full participant (Thu Nov 20, 06:11 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Rivers hasn't looked right since San Diego was curb-stomped by Miami a while back. We don't trust him much this week, ranking him as a QB2....and a middle-of-the-road one at that.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers a full participant (Wed Nov 19, 04:15 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. Head coach Mike McCoy said Rivers will play.

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Chargers | Philip Rivers not receiving treatment (Mon Nov 17, 04:41 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (rib) is not receiving treatment on the rib injury he suffered in Week 11, according to head coach Mike McCoy.

Our View: Rivers was a bit banged up in the Week 11 game against the Raiders. In addition to his ribs, the team also checked out his left knee (it was fine) during the game. Rivers could be limited in practice this week.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers battling rib injury (Sun Nov 16, 10:34 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (ribs) suffered a rib injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders. TE Antonio Gates said Sunday, Nov. 16, Rivers has been playing with a severe rib injury, but 'he's been toughing it out these last three or four weeks.' Rivers downplayed the situation, and said he is no more banged up than any other quarterback in the league.

Our View: Rivers didn't look like himself against the Dolphins, and now we might have a reason why. It'll be tough to want to play him against the Rams defense that just ate up Peyton Manning if all Rivers can muster against the Raiders is 13 points.
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