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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 Sep 15): It was turn back the clock day in San Diego, as Rivers and Antonio Gates worked their magic and played keep away from the Seahawks. The vaunted Seattle pass defense was powerless to stop Rivers in this inspired performance. He's in the QB1 ranks again on the back of this game, and perhaps a player that you can ignore matchups against if the offense continues work this efficiently.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Philip Rivers is off to a great start this season, ranking eighth in the NFL among fantasy quarterbacks with 49/73 for 522 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown. He's relied on his running backs for 12/90/0 receiving to date, and hooked up with Antonio Gates the most (13/177/3 receiving out of 17 targets). Keenan Allen (15 targets for 10/92/0 receiving) and Eddie Royal (16 for 8/89/0) have seen the most targets among the wide receivers, while Malcom Floyd (seven for 4/50/1) has claimed the lone TD thrown to a wide receiver so far - Floyd put up a goose-egg against Seattle, though, with zero targets during the game. Last season the Bills were fourth in the NFL averaging 204 net passing yards allowed per game, BUT they gave up 28 passing scores over 16 games. Part of the reason for the low average passing yards allowed was that their rush defense was porous last year so teams elected to run the ball against Buffalo quite a lot. So far this year, Jay Cutler lit up the Bills in Week 1 for 34/49 yielding 341 net yards passing and two TDs but also two interceptions thrown while being sacked twice for -8 yards. The Dolphins managed 31/49 for 210 net yards in Week 2, with one TD and one interception thrown, while taking four sacks for -31 yards. The Bills are currently 27th in the NFL averaging 275.5 net passing yards allowed per game, but they are tied for fourth in the NFL with three interceptions so far and tied for sixth with six sacks so far. This pass D gambles trying to create big turnovers or big losses on sacks. The Chargers' passing attack handled the feared Seahawks with aplomb last week - they have an attractive matchup against the free-wheeling and generous Buffalo pass D this week as well.

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
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds 26 38 * * * 2 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay 23 37 * * * 6 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom 25 39 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs ARI (21 / 36 / 238 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)

Rivers had a fairly uneven performance, although he was plagued by numerous dropped passes throughout the game. The most critical drop came on the team's final offensive play, although WR Keenan Allen can hardly be blamed for dropping a pass that was tipped at the line and wobbled into his hands. Prior to that, both Eddie Royal and TE Antonio Gates committed their fair share of miscues, costing San Diego repeatedly. That's not to say it was all bad luck for Rivers. He muffed a snap out of shotgun formation that pushed the Chargers out of field goal range, which was essentially the difference in the game, in the second half. He did lose his regular Center early in the contest with Nick Hardwick left with an injury, but this wasn't a QB/C exchange gone wrong. It was just a bad play by Rivers. He did have a number of excellent plays to go along with the poor ones, thus the "uneven" designation. He did a good job reading the field for the most part, and showed perfect touch on several balls. The best pass of the night was a big 32-yard floater to WR Malcom Floyd on third down and 4, and he followed that one up later with a critical third down and 13 conversion to TE Antonio Gates. On both plays, Arizona was blitzing Rivers but he managed to stand tall in the pocket and deliver the ball at the precisely correct moment to maximize the gain on the play. His touchdown pass was fairly nondescript, just a quick look over the middle to Floyd, who did a nice job of hanging on despite being hit just as he caught it. The interception was not really Rivers' fault, as WR Eddie Royal was coming across the field and inexplicably cut off his route and stopped short. The ball obviously kept going, right into the waiting arms of a defender. Rivers very nearly threw another interception, but was bailed out by a holding call.

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.


Latest News

Chargers | Philip Rivers accomplishes rarity (Sun Sep 14, 07:48 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 28 of his 37 pass attempts for 284 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 2 win against the Seattle Seahawks. He is the first opposing quarterback since Week 8 of the 2012 (Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford) to throw for three or more touchdown passes against Seattle.

Our View: Rivers was masterful with his old battery mate Antonio Gates, who turned back the clock with a sprawling one-handed catch for a score as part of his massive day. Rivers solved a Seahawks defense - albeit away from Seattle - that had flummoxed other top quarterbacks in their last few times out. He's a solid QB1 heading into Buffalo next week.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers won't avoid Richard Sherman (Fri Sep 12, 01:07 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers doesn't plan on avoiding Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman in Week 2. In Week 1, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers didn't target Sherman's side of the field once. '(Sherman) is a great corner. But at the same time, I think you have to be smart. It's not one of the deals that you want to go after him by any means. But our approach is not going to be to completely eliminate (Sherman) and not throw over there any,' Rivers said.

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