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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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Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ARI 21 36 238 1 1 2 10 0 0
2 vs SEA 28 37 284 3 0 11 17 0 0
3 at BUF 18 25 256 2 0 2 11 0 0
4 vs JAX 29 39 377 3 0 1 0 0 0
5 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds 24 35 * * * 2 * * *
5 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 24 37 * * * 4 * * *
5 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom 27 39 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs SEA (28 / 37 / 284 / 3 / 0 pass, 11 / 17 / 0 rush)

Rivers had a gem of a game, he really did. He started off with fairly conservative play, never trying to do too much, and making good on his short passes. Early on, a fumbled snap, followed by a sack ended a drive, and it seemed like it might be a long day. Rivers pulled through it however, and masterfully pulled off a smart Chargers game plan against a very tough Seahawks defense. Rivers was patient in the pocket, made good reads and accurate throws, and ran with the ball when he had to. And yet, his game was defined by two things: his gambles paid off; and for this week at least, he had the Antonio Gates of old catching his passes. Rivers found Royal (mainly on underneath routes), Allen (usually in very tight coverage), and Gates (three times in the end zone) with regularity. A lot of things went right. Several passes into tight coverage were in just the right spot and were not intercepted, Gates made at least four clutch catches. In the end, Rivers just proved to be a bit of a chameleon, taking risks when needed and slowing the tempo down at other times.

2014 Week 3 vs BUF (18 / 25 / 256 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

Much like the Chargers team as a whole, Philip Rivers had a tremendously efficient game on Sunday in Buffalo as he was only forced to throw the ball 25 times, completing 72% of his passes with two touchdowns, both to Eddie Royal. Rivers wasted little time attacking the Bills secondary down the field, opening his day with a 49-yard, perfectly thrown, bomb to Malcolm Floyd. Floyd ran an out and up, and benefited from a well-timed rub, but it was Rivers' throw that made the play. Floyd had not even broken off his out yet when Rivers released the ball but still managed to perfectly place it for the huge gain. Five plays later, Rivers finished the drive off as he hit Royal on a quick screen for a three-yard touchdown pass. Facing little pressure from a talented Bills front four, Rivers had no trouble finding his receivers the following drive as both Royal and Ladarius Green both had catches of 20+ yards as the Chargers again marched right down the field. However, on perhaps his only misfire of the game, the drive stalled when Rivers missed what should have been another touchdown pass, this time to Ladarius Green. Rivers tried to hit Green as he ran a corner route, but the throw came out too soon and Green had no chance to adjust on the throw. Had Rivers waited just a tad longer, Green emerged on another well-timed rub uncovered in the back corner of the end zone. Two drives later, Rivers connected with Floyd on another perfectly thrown 49-yard bomb and this time did it throwing into a stiff Buffalo wind. Working a deep post route, Floyd only had to beat the coverage as Rivers again perfectly placed the throw. Rivers completed his fourth throw of 20+ yards, his second to Green, on a crosser that took the Chargers inside the Buffalo 10-yard line. The drive culminated with another touchdown pass to Royal, this time coming on a quick five-yard slant. Rivers did just miss another deep connection to Floyd later in the game, but drew a 31-yard pass interference on the play. Rivers also just missed a third touchdown pass to Green on the Chargers second drive of the game. Green easily manipulated rookie Preston Brown and would have been all alone in the end zone but Brown clearly impeded Green and disrupted the pass. Brown had no help behind him and had he not draped himself all over Green it would have been an easy touchdown.

2014 Week 4 vs JAX (29 / 39 / 377 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Rivers continues to play at an MVP level. Early in the contest, Jacksonville defenders swarmed to him and didn't allow him much time to set his feet let alone deliver passes down the field. But slowly throughout the game, those dinks and dunks got a little bit further and further down the field until Rivers struck with precision to WR Eddie Royal for a long 47-yard touchdown. To that point, San Diego's offense was fairly conservative. But after that, they really opened it up and started attacking. It was Rivers' 24th consecutive game with a touchdown pass to set a new team record. Besides the pressure easing up a bit, Rivers also adapted to it and was better able to manage the pressure. Even on the rare occasions Jacksonville got near him, he made the right decision time after time to find the open man regardless of who it was. Rivers' favorite target on the day was WR Keenan Allen, who set a new career high in receptions. Allen was regularly the go-to guy in most big situations, and it was clear Rivers has full trust in him. But he never forced passes to any one specific player, instead choosing to throw it to the most open man. He rarely made a mistake in the game, and maybe made one or two bad passes in the entire game (versus about half a dozen really nice throws). The announcers made mention several times how Rivers delivered passes in numerous different ways and from many different angles, but no matter the type of pass, the pinpoint accuracy and precision was always present. In addition to the early Royal score, he again found him perfectly in stride for a second long touchdown off a deep bomb before halftime. Rivers' third score of the game was a strike down the right sideline to WR Malcom Floyd about a hair beyond the defensive back that was placed in about the only place it could be placed. There aren't many negatives to be found in a game where the quarterback goes 29-39 for almost 400 yards and doesn't turn it over, but there do seem to still be some issues with the QB/Center exchange at times. It's something that'll need to be smoothed out over the course of the season. And on another semi-negative note, Rivers was slow to get up and limping a bit after a late sack when he was twisted to the ground. But he appeared no worse for wear afterwards, and doesn't seem like anything that would affect him at all going forward.


Latest News

Chargers | Philip Rivers amasses records (Mon Sep 29, 05:38 AM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers posted a 130.0 passer rating courtesy of his 377 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions on 29 of 39 passing Sunday, Sept. 29. Rivers eclipsed the 120.0 barrier for the third consecutive game, which ties the longest stretch of his career. It also marked the third straight game he completed more than 72 percent of his passes, which is one shy of his personal best, and he eclipsed 300 yards for the 35th time in his career. Rivers set a new team record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 24th straight game.

Our View: Rivers is on fire, and the Chargers could be the best team in the AFC. They're certainly contenders in the AFC, and they'll push the Broncos for the title in the AFC West. They have a gravy schedule coming up for a majority of the games left in 2014.
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