QB Philip Rivers - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-5, 228||Born: 12-8-1981||College: North Carolina State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2004|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 19): Rivers has the look of a quarterback who is getting caught from behind by Father Time. Some throws that used to work just aren't working for him. The interception fests in good matchups the last two weeks are making it difficult for us to trust him going forward as he enters his bye week.
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Philip Rivers's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 10 vs OAK (17 / 31 / 207 / 2 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It's hard to believe looking at the stat line and seeing three turnovers, but the reality is that this game could have been much, much worse for Rivers. It started off well enough, with a perfectly-placed ball down the seam to Austin Ekeler for a nice gain. But it got ugly soon after. A floater down the sideline to Keenan Allen ended up getting deflected up in the air and intercepted by Oakland. Fortunately for Rivers, a pass interference penalty negated the turnover. A couple of plays later, Rivers was hit as he dropped back to pass and the ball popped in the air. The Raiders challenged, saying it was a fumble. But upon review, the call was upheld as an incomplete pass. Finally, Rivers was looking over the middle for Keenan Allen and sailed the pass way over his head and into the waiting arms of an Oakland defender for the interception. This time, there was no bailout. On the very first pass of the next Chargers possession, Rivers was again intercepted. He was looking for Hunter Henry, but the tight end slipped coming out of his break and this one again went right into the hands of a waiting defender, who returned it for a touchdown. On the next series, Rivers was sacked on third down to end the possession, and things appeared to be getting ugly. Finally later in the first half, the Chargers picked up the tempo offensively. They began having success moving the ball on the ground, and then took to the air again once they got in the red zone. Looking for Derek Watt on a slant, Rivers threw a pass that was again batted up in the air. Watt managed to get a hand on it to bat it away before anyone could intercept it. And Rivers took full advantage of the new life by finding Henry in the back of the end zone after blown coverage by Oakland left him wide open. On the next possession, the Chargers again got close to the end zone and Rivers again was intercepted. And once again, he was bailed out by a penalty. This time, it was an offsides call against Oakland, which in no way contributed to the interception (so it was a full bailout). It was advertised by Rivers, it was a bad pass, the defender read it all the way, and Rivers was only spared another turnover because someone away from the play lined up in the neutral zone. Rivers had more problems in the second half. He had Andre Patton open down the seam with a step on his defender for a long pass attempt, but the ball was overthrown. And soon after, Rivers fumbled while trying to pass. The defender who knocked it out of his hands actually had his hand on top of the ball on the ground, but a Charger lineman managed to snatch it away just before it was a full recovery, which saved Rivers from yet another turnover. A deep ball to Mike Williams for 45 yards and a Melvin Gordon 24-yard run put the Chargers back into scoring position. But after a short pass to Keenan Allen to the 7-yard line, the drive stalled. After a crossing route to Austin Ekeler resulted in Rivers' second touchdown of the game with just over four minutes left in the game, Oakland marched downfield to regain the lead by two points. The Chargers took over the ball with just over a minute remaining and all of their timeouts. But the pass attempts on that drive were very curious, as they tried attacking Oakland with numerous deep routes. One of those passes was a third down heave to Keenan Allen that was nearly intercepted and nowhere near Allen. A holding call against the Raiders on fourth down gave the Chargers new life, but the defense continued harassing and hurrying Rivers to the point that he never really got comfortable in the pocket. On the last fourth down pass, he had a defender coming up the middle and just tossed up a prayer down the sideline to Allen. It was thrown beyond Allen's reach and intercepted to essentially seal the game.
2019 Week 9 vs GB (21 / 28 / 294 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rivers had a wildly efficient statistical game, completing 75% of his passes and averaging more than ten yards per attempt. The Chargers thoroughly dominated on both sides of the ball from beginning to end, which helps explain why they mostly just sat on the lead in the second half so Rivers was unable to rack up big stats. If there was one shortcoming in the game for the Los Angeles offense, it was the team's lack of success in the red zone. On the Chargers first two offensive drives, they reached the red zone on each. But once they got there, sacks and penalties ended up pushing them back out of touchdown range and they had to settle for field goals instead. Still, the offense looked significantly more effective in its first week under a new offensive coordinator (former OC Ken Whisenhunt was fired after last week's game). Despite the lack of touchdowns, Rivers still looked very solid overall. His favorite target again appeared to be Hunter Henry, who saw ten targets. The two really appear to be on the same page more and more as the season has gone along. Rivers also avoided the costly turnover in this game, although he was nearly intercepted once. He was looking for Keenan Allen on a deep route, but Allen was nowhere near the ball. The only player who had a chance at it was a Green Bay defender, who mis-timed his jump and was unable to come down with the football.
2019 Week 8 vs CHI (19 / 29 / 201 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rivers played much better than the stats indicate. Almost all of his production came late in the game as his receivers really did him no favors early on. The lack of help started on the very first possession, when he threw a pass to a wide open Keenan Allen that would have gone for a first down if Allen hadn't fallen down on the play. The pass was nearly intercepted due to Allen falling, but it fell incomplete. Allen again got open for what could have been a 20+ yard pass play, but again he inexplicably fell coming out of his break. Later in the half, Rivers faced intense pressure up the middle for really the first time all game. Throwing off his back foot, the pass didn't have much on it. It was not a good pass and was definitely underthrown, but Mike Williams failed to come back to the football. The defender made a big break instead, stepping in front of Williams for the pick. Soon after that one, Hunter Henry outright dropped a pass along the sideline. Early in the second half, Rivers began moving the team downfield on a decent drive. He put a deep ball right in the hands of Williams, who allowed it to slip through for an incompletion. It was a perfectly thrown pass that went for nothing. Williams wasn't the only one who cost the team a touchdown with an end zone drop, either, as Keenan Allen let a floater drop out of his hands after the defender had badly mis-timed his jump. Rivers continued putting the football in places where his receivers could work with it, but they were continuously letting him down. Finally in the fourth quarter, the Chargers started moving the ball with a bit more ease. He found Henry with a bullet pass that put the ball on the 2-yard line and nearly found Austin Ekeler on an inside slant, but the bullet pass was deflected away at the last minute. The Chargers settled for a field goal on that drive, but ended up scoring later when Rivers found Ekeler in the flat off a play action fake. The pass itself was nothing special, but Ekeler beat his defender at the 5-yard line and darted to the end zone for the outstanding individual effort and score to give the Chargers the late lead (which they did not relinquish).
2019 Week 7 vs TEN (24 / 38 / 329 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rivers was under duress for much of the game, and deserved a better outcome than what happened at the end. He put up big stats and consistently put the ball in the right spots for his receivers (who also made a number of difficult plays to help him as well), but he was let down by the lack of a running game and the limited protection afforded by the offensive line. The first half featured a lot of short passes and checkdowns as the Titans hurried him repeatedly and largely took away the deep ball. On one particular fourth down attempt, Rivers had his man semi-open, but underthrew the ball since a defender was bearing down on him. When Rivers DID have time to step into the throws, the bullet passes and precision timing routes were a thing of beauty. Late in the first half, Rivers engineered a perfect drive during which he went 7-7 for 96 yards, culminating with one of the easiest touchdown passes of his career. He found Melvin Gordon wide open off a play fake by flipping it over the defender to the wide open running back. Rivers was sacked on his very first dropback of the second half and the Chargers had just two total yards the entire third quarter. He was also nearly intercepted when he underthrew a pass to Keenan Allen that a Titans defender got a hand on, but it would have been a spectacular play on a diving attempt. But just when it seemed like they were dead, Rivers nearly brought the Chargers all the way back. Trailing by ten and with Tennessee playing a softer defense, Rivers engineered a four play drive to go 75 yards for the score, with the big play being the 41-yard touchdown strike down the right sideline to a wide open Austin Ekeler. Following a Tennessee turnover on downs, Rivers led the Chargers down towards a potential game-winning score. He again found Ekeler on an inside slant for what appeared to be the go-ahead touchdown with 37 seconds left in the game. But officials reviewed the play and determined that Ekeler was down short of the goal line. Following a pass interference penalty against the Titans in the end zone on a Rivers pass intended for Mike Williams, Melvin Gordon got a handoff up the middle and fumbled it away to Tennessee to end the game. Adding injury to insult, Chargers starting lineman Forrest Lamp reinjured his knee idway through the game and had to be carted off, which doesn't bode well for Rivers' prospects of remaining upright going forward.
2019 Week 6 vs PIT (26 / 44 / 320 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rivers completed his first pass down the seam to Hunter Henry, but stalled out quickly on his first drive with the help of a Travis Benjamin drop. The second drive resulted in a dropped swing pass that went backwards and was ignored by Melvin Gordon, ending in an easy defensive score for Pittsburgh. Rivers was then victimized on an interception off of a deflection at the line. He had some modest success moving the ball to end the first half but a grounding call slowed down the drive and then Chase McLaughlin doinked a field goal off of the upright at the end of the first half. Rivers was under pressure all day and didn't put together touchdown drives until the Chargers were down 24 points. Hunter Henry and Mike Williams were the engines of the passing game, with Henry finishing both garbage time touchdown drives. Rivers even got Jason Moore and Geremy Davis involved in the passing game late and had a long shot chance to tie the game starting from his own end zone with about a minute left but was promptly picked to end a game that was never really competitive.
2019 Week 5 vs DEN (32 / 48 / 211 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
It doesn't show up in the sack totals for the Broncos, but Rivers was under heavy pressure all game long. He did well on many occasions to just get rid of the ball, but it was easily one of the most frustrating games of his entire career. The Chargers had scored first half points in some capacity in a team-record 55 consecutive games coming into this one, but began the second half with a goose egg. The only touchdown the team managed came on special teams, and Rivers failed to lead the team into the end zone despite a largely soft Denver defense in the fourth quarter. He spent much of the afternoon rushing his passes and trying to throw balls away as the Denver pass rush had him under intense duress. An early attempt to Mike Williams while Rivers was under pressure, resulted in a fingertip deflection right into the waiting arms of a Bronco defender for the turnover. Late in the first half, Rivers appeared on the verge of moving the team into scoring position. But even that drive was aided by Denver holding penalties to extend drives. Once the Chargers got into the red zone, Rivers nearly scored when he threw a pass in the flat to Austin Ekeler. Ekeler lunged at the goal line, but a terrific tackle by the defender kept him out of the end zone. Ekeler fumbled on the next play to end the first half. In the second half, it was reported that C Mike Pouncey was questionable to return due to injury. It was bad enough for Rivers with Pouncey in the game, but that injury made things that much tougher. The second half featured a lot of the same things as the first. Short checkdown passes to Austin Ekeler, with a few decent gains down the seam to Mike Williams sprinkled in. When the Chargers finally got close to the end zone, Rivers was again looking for Williams over the middle. He didn't notice a defender had slipped underneath and stepped in front of the bullet pass to pick it off. But just as the game seemed to be out of reach, the Broncos gave it back to the Chargers with a chance to get back in it. He managed to draw a long pass interference penalty down the right sideline to get into field goal range, but the drive ended with a field goal. Trailing by a touchdown and with possession of the ball, Rivers attempted to get the team back in range to tie it up. With a few minutes left to play, he looked for Williams over the middle. The ball was thrown behind him and the defender had his hands on it, but just dropped it outright. The play would have all but ended the game. But despite that gift, Rivers couldn't capitalize. The timing was just off all afternoon. He called a perfect screen set up for Melvin Gordon on third and 10 with Denver using an all-out blitz. There was nothing but daylight ahead of Gordon, and all Rivers had to do was flip it over the top and he had tons of room to roam. But Gordon bumped into his own man while coming out of the backfield, which disrupted the timing and the ball sailed over his head for a huge incompletion. Rivers did get some garbage time yardage on the team's last drive while trailing by ten, with Denver playing an extremely soft defense and largely allowing the Chargers all the yardage they wanted. It was mostly dumpoff passes to Ekeler, with a couple of passes over the middle to Williams. Rivers went 6-7 for 61 yards on the drive, which really underscores just how terrible his overall numbers were going into that drive (26-41, 150 yards).
2019 Week 4 vs MIA (24 / 30 / 310 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
There are times when a stat line doesn't tell the whole story about a player's game, either for better or for worse. In this game, Rivers' stat line is exactly indicative of just how well he played. It started with his offensive line giving him a ton of time on nearly every single dropback, but Rivers himself made a lot happen. He completed 80% of his passes and averaged over 10 yards per attempt, while finding the end zone twice and never coming close to throwing an interception. It was, essentially, a perfect game. He was missing a bunch of weapons from the offensive skill spots, but didn't really miss a beat. Instead of focusing it on a handful of targets, he really spread the wealth around by completing passes to nine different players. He made a perfect pass in traffic early on to TE Lance Kendricks down the seam for 24 yards, demonstrating his precision. One aspect of his game that isn't seen much is his ability to buy time in the pocket. But he did exactly that on a rollout to his left, with defenders coming up in the pocket to defend him. But just at the last second, he flipped it back across his body to Troymaine Pope who took off for the end one untouched. Rivers' second touchdown of the half came late in the second quarter. He found Ekeler in the flat in stride, and Ekeler did the rest by shooting up the left sideline and into the end zone virtually untouched. In the second half, it was more of the same for Rivers. He spread the ball around, dropping it into tight spaces when needed and continuing to get loads of time to let plays develop and allow routes to be fully run. Rivers nearly added a third touchdown pass on a floater over the defense to TE Sean Culkin. But Culkin hurt his Achilles while leaping for the ball, and stumbled down before he could get the rest of the way into the end zone. About the only blemish on Rivers' afternoon was a fumbled snap that ended up getting recovered by the Chargers anyway.
2019 Week 3 vs HOU (31 / 46 / 318 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Philip Rivers had a strong fantasy football game on Sunday in a loss to the Houston Texans. Rivers peppered Keenan Allen with targets as Houston had no answer for Allen. Allen caught both touchdowns Rivers threw, both on short red zone opportunities. Rivers was sacked five times during the game a combination of a good pass rush and his tendency to hold onto the ball too long. He took a bad sack early in the game where he lost a fumble that blew a field goal opportunity. Rivers could have had a bigger day as he threw perhaps his best pass to Travis Benjamin in the end zone on the final drive, but Benjamin dropped what would have been a 42-yard touchdown. Rivers has high upside next week against the Miami Dolphins.
2019 Week 2 vs DET (21 / 36 / 293 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Philip Rivers was inconsistent on the road against the Lions in week two. Rivers targeted Keenan Allen heavily throughout the game but missed overthrew him twice on plays that could have gone for big gains. He targeted Mike Williams in the end zone twice, but Williams could not catch either target before the Chargers gave the ball to Austin Ekeler to convert a touchdown. Rivers also threw a bad interception into double coverage to Allen in the end zone on the final Chargers drive of the game. Rivers was not helped by his teammates, as he had a touchdown pass called back by penalty, and had multiple drops by teammates. With Williams nursing an injury, Hunter Henry out, and Melvin Gordon continuing to hold out, Rivers is missing critical weapons in the offense and will need to elevate his play. He will look to bounce against a tough Texans defense in week three.
2019 Week 1 vs IND (25 / 34 / 333 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Rivers put up big stats, although it should be noted that much of the production came from his receivers doing damage after the catch. It's perhaps slightly unfair because he did put them in position to gain that yardage, but more often than not Rivers' passes tended to be a bit off the mark. He overthrew Justin Jackson early on a fade attempt in the end zone for what could have been an easy touchdown. He later found Austin Ekeler for a short 3-yard touchdown that didn't involve any sort of difficulty (Rivers has now thrown a touchdown in 29 of his last 30 games). He later connected with Keenan Allen for a score, but the ball was essentially thrown up for grabs. A fantastic individual effort by Allen is the only reason the ball ended up being a touchdown. And on Rivers' third touchdown pass, he dumped off a screen pass to Ekeler who just absolutely ran through defenders en route to the end zone. He later overthrew a wide open Travis Benjamin on a deep sideline route that could have gone for a big gain. And in between the scores, Rivers showed a propensity to hold the ball a bit too long. And he was slightly careless at times, twice having it knocked out of his hands by defenders. He was nearly intercepted on a badly advertised screen pass to Justin Jackson off a bootleg, and then actually DID throw an interception in the end zone when he failed to account for a defender dragging across in front of Keenan Allen for a 1-handed pick. It wasn't all doom and gloom in his performance; he made a couple of perfect passes right on the money to Allen in traffic. And it's tough to be too critical, because Rivers does sometimes just get the ball to his playmakers and let them make plays. It has sort of been his M.O. for much of his career. But it would just feel better for his owners if the passes he was making in this game were consistently crisp and in stride rather than too far behind or in front of the intended targets.
Latest NewsChargers | Philip Rivers has brutal game on TNF (Fri Nov 8, 12:06 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 17 of 31 passes for 207 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions during the team's loss to the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, Nov. 7. He was also sacked five times. Our View: Rivers had two other interceptions overturned by penalty and had trouble with the Raiders pass rush all night. The Chargers were much better running the ball against Oakland and might try to lean on Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler more next week vs Kansas City after this poor showing by Rivers.
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