QB Philip Rivers - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-5, 228||Born: 12-8-1981||College: North Carolina State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
Week 12: at Dallas Cowboys
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Keenan Allen exploded last week with 12 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Allen who had shown flashes for sporadic periods of time throughout this season had yet to put one of his vintage pre-injury games together and seeing him do it was very encouraging. The problem for Allen is that will this trend continues where he is the most utilized receiver, as Allen has shown to be inconsistent at times throughout his career. Phillip Rivers has been a model of consistency this season as in every game this season except against the Broncos, Rivers has thrown for over 210 yards, but has only thrown for 300 yards or more one time. While it is not the biggest upside in the world having the dependability on a week-to-week basis is very encouraging for a player who at the moment is a low-end quarterback one, high end-quarterback two. The Cowboys secondary has been about the definition of average throughout most of this season. The Cowboys rank 14th in terms of passing yards allowed and their cornerbacks are not great, but not horrible either as Orlando Scandrick, rookie Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown have all been serviceable throughout the season. The injury to Sean Lee, while it hurts their rushing defense, does help their passing defense as for as bad as Jaylon Smith has been against the run he has been good in coverage this season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs BUF (20 / 32 / 251 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
After suffering a concussion last week, the team wasn't even completely certain that Rivers was going to play until late last week. Once it was determined he would be suiting up, fantasy owners were ecstatic to see the big stats he posted. That said, he was almost a victim of his own team's success. The yardage and the two scores were nice, but the fact that the Chargers dominated the game so thoroughly (the 37 first half points represented the highest-scoring first half in Chargers history), meant that they largely took the air out of the ball after halftime. And Rivers barely even played the fourth quarter, giving way to Kellen Clemens early on. Prior to that, however, he was almost unstoppable. The rapport he had with Keenan Allen was a thing of beauty, connecting a whopping twelve times with his favorite target. Along the way, he showed off some awesome accuracy, a good bit of luck, and his sometimes funky inprovisational skills. The luck came in handy on several occasions. Early on, he was hit as he threw and the ball popped straight in the air. It would have been ruled a fumble even if it hit the ground, because it was out before it came forward. But TE Jeff Cumberland grabbed it out of mid-air for a 1-yard loss (but saving a turnover). Soon after that, he was again hit as he threw but managed to get enough on it to reach Travis Benjamin in the middle of the zone for 21 yards. And right after that play, he found himself in the backfield being swarmed by defenders. With Benjamin standing next to him, Rivers simply flipped the ball out like a hot potato to the receiver, who took off up the right sideline for a 7-yard gain. The final piece of good fortune came on his second touchdown pass of the game. It was a designed screen to Allen, who caught it at and lunged at the goal line. It was initially ruled a touchdown, replays seemed to confirm it, and then one replay angle appeared to show Allen's knee down with the ball a few inches shy of the end zone. However, the call on the field stood and the score held up. That was the duo's second touchdown connection, with the first one coming on a far more conventional back shoulder fade from 21 yards out, where Allen snagged it and twisted his way into the end zone for the team's first offensive touchdown of the afternoon. It didn't all go perfectly for Rivers, who appeared to have yet another score to TE Antonio Gates. The big tight end went up high and appeared to snag the pass, but it was jarred loose by a defender once he hit the ground. And as mentioned earlier, despite all of the positive play by the offense and overall domination, the fact that the defense played so exceptionally well really ended up limiting the amount of work the offense needed to do.
2017 Week 10 vs JAX (21 / 37 / 235 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Rivers had a solid day but did nothing spectacular. He often found his targets underneath or in the soft spots of the Jaguars zone coverages. He did a good job of getting the ball out quickly vs the Jaguars pressures and still made clean throws under pressure. Each of his two touchdowns was dump offs to Ekeler that Ekeler made a play on. His late-game heave down the field into blanket coverage turned into an interception and ultimately cost the Chargers the game.
2017 Week 8 vs NE (17 / 30 / 212 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rivers had something of a slow start, with the Patriots dominating time of possession in the first half. New England ran 40 offensive plays, to just 18 for Los Angeles. In the second half and with the Chargers trailing throughout, they opened up the offense a bit more. And while that did enable Rivers to top 200 yards passing and find the end zone once, it was still a fairly mediocre performance against a defense that has struggled for most of the season. It was made worse by the fact that most of the Charger mistakes and failures were of their own doing. The Patriots sacked him just once, and it was Rivers' own fault. He dropped back to pass, and just before he released the football, he tapped it with his off-hand. That tap knocked it out of his grip, and he had to dive on it to save possession. And after going to entire game without a turnover, he threw an interception at the goal line on the last play of the game on the attempted game-tying score. There were numerous near-misses throughout the course of the second half that might cause the team to lose some sleep, considering it was a one possession loss. Rivers had a 42-yard touchdown bomb to Tyrell Williams negated by an illegal touch penalty on Williams for going out of bounds and being the first person to touch the ball. Rivers also lost another touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin on a very questionable call by the officials. It was ruled that Tyrell Williams had picked the defender, but replays appeared to show that the New Englad defenders had actually run into one another. That call canceled out a 41-yard catch-and-run by Benjamin. Williams was involved in yet another near-catch, pinning the ball against his helmet for several steps but ultimately losing control of the ball when it was knocked away by a defender. It wasn't all hopeless for Rivers, who engineered one touchdown drive with several precise passes. After Keenan Allen picked up a long pass interference penalty, Rivers later found the aforementioned Benjamin in the back corner of the end zone for the score. The two point conversion attempt to Antonio Gates wasn't particularly close, but Rivers got the ball back with a chance to tie and nearly pulled off a miracle finish. After completing a pass in the middle of the field kept the clock running with less than ten seconds left, Rivers incredibly got the team up to the line to clock it and give them one final chance to score. Unfortunately, that was the interception that was thrown in the general direction of Gates and Hunter Henry, but which had very little chance of being completed.
2017 Week 7 vs DEN (15 / 26 / 183 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rivers didn't put up the big stats we've grown accustomed to seeing from him so far this season, but that was largely because the Charger defense clamped down so tightly on Denver that the Los Angeles offense didn't really need to air it out much. Rivers was under a little bit of duress in the early going, but settled in nicely and made a handful of tough throws on rollouts on the run early on to take a little bit of the pressure off. He really had to pick and choose his spots, and more often than not he put it precisely where the intended targets needed it to be. Rivers did a nice job finding his tight end, Hunter Henry, does the seam for 19 yards on a pass where Henry wasn't even looking when the ball was released. Soon after, he found Keenan Allen deep down the right sideline for 18 yards during a Broncos offside penalty. Allen tried lunging at the end zone, but came up a couple of yards shy. It didn't affect Rivers' stat line, as he found Austin Ekeler out of the backfield for the score on a quick swing pass on the ensuing play. In the second half, he again made two critical passes to keep drives alive, once again one to Allen and one to Henry. The pass to Henry was particularly outstanding, as Rivers put it where only his receiver could get to it. It ended up converting a third and 11 pass play for a 13-yard gain and a first down. Late in the game facing another third down, WR Travis Benjamin leaked out across the middle of the field. Rivers softly dropped it right in his hands perfectly in stride, and Benjamin did the rest, racing away from defenders en route to a 42-yard touchdown that all but ended the game.
2017 Week 6 vs OAK (25 / 36 / 268 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -4 / 0 rush)
Once again, a close game with the Chargers trailing late, coupled with a sub-par rushing attack, ensured that Rivers would have big counting stats. He is now on pace for a whopping 613 pass attempts for the season (he has only reached 600 pass attempts in a season once, in 2015). Early on in this game, Rivers didn't look good. His opening third down pass was batted down at the line, and soon after he had a bad misfire in the flat that never had a chance as he led the receiver way too far in front. He then misfired on a pass over the middle to Keenan Allen on 4th and 2, screaming for a flag that never came. And finally, he hoisted up an ill-advised deep ball to Travis Benjamin that never had a chance. Benjamin was double-covered on the play, and there was even a third defender in the vicinity for good measure. But midway through the second quarter, he appeared to right himself. He did a nice job under pressure on a drop-off to Austin Ekeler that went for a first down. The Chargers had just crossed into Oakland territory, and several Raider defenders were bearing down around him. But he bought just enough time and found Ekeler out of the corner of his eye to release just before he was hit. Shortly thereafter, he again bought time while waiting for Allen to get open. Moving to his left and throwing across his body, Rivers found Allen with a quick bullet pass along the sideline. Showing some escapability, he again rolled to his left on an ensuing pass to Melvin Gordon in the end zone, but that one was knocked away incomplete. Rivers connected with Hunter Henry for what appeared to be a touchdown at first, but Henry was just shy of the goal line. Melvin Gordon would score soon after. In the second half, Rivers showed his newfound poise all on one play. Saving a turnover after a high snap, he calmly corraled the football and found Tyrell Williams on the outside for positive yardage. And then after the near-miss touchdown to Henry, Rivers did get on the board courtesy of Gordon. From the 6-yard line, the Chargers called for an inside screen. It was a well-designed play that didn't take a whole lot of athleticism from Rivers, but he gets credit for the score nonetheless. He simply dropped it into Gordon's hands, and he took off up the middle with a convoy of blockers, going in untouched. Late in the fourth quarter, Rivers found himself down two points and backed up in the shadow of his own end zone. Needing to drive far enough to get into field goal range, he immediately connected with Henry for a 34-yard gain up the left side. He flipped it up deep down the sideline, as Henry spun away from the defender for the big gain. After a handful of rushing attempts, Rivers hoisted an absolutely perfect pass along the sideline to Henry for 23 yards down to the Oakland 33-yard line, putting the Chargers in range for a realistic field goal attempt. After a few more positive gains, Nick Novak connected on the game-winner as time expired.
2017 Week 5 vs NYG (21 / 44 / 258 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 5 / 0 rush)
Rivers completed less than half his passes for the first time since the middle of last season. While inaccuracy was prevalent on a number of Rivers' deliveries, his receivers did not help matters much with dropped passes. Rivers was surprised by an early snap, ultimately hitting the ball out of the end zone for a safety early in the game. The offense in general had little rhythm until late in the second quarter. Rivers took an intentional grounding penalty and overthrew Travis Benjamin, who was wide open for an easy touchdown before halftime. The struggles continued in the second half with an ugly interception in the end zone and missing Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry on other end zone throws late in the game. On a positive note, Rivers had a beautiful third down throw to Keenan Allen and then a corner route to Hunter Henry for a touchdown to take the lead in the second half.
2017 Week 4 vs PHI (22 / 38 / 347 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rivers was only sacked twice, but he was under duress for much of the game. Even on a few occasions when he wasn't under duress, he appeared to be a bit spooked by a pass rush that wasn't really there and ended up throwing off his back foot or before he needed to. He looked on his way to another mediocre performance early on, when he turned it over once and nearly turned it over a second time. On one rollout in particular, he didn't have enough awareness to realize that the defender was bearing down on him, and the ball was stripped away just as he was about to release a pass downfield. Shortly thereafter, he heaved a deep ball downfield to Travis Benjamin that was nearly picked off. He then overthrew Benjamin on the next play on a play when he may have had a step on his defender. And finally, he misfired to a wide open Keenan Allen along the sideline for what should have been a first down. The ball took way too long to get there and was thrown far to the outside. And to make matters worse, Rivers kind of threw it off his back foot as he was falling away from the play, despite there being no pressure on him whatsoever. But just when all seemed hopeless, Tyrell Williams outran the entire Eagles secondary and got behind them for a perfectly-thrown bomb that went for a 75-yard touchdown. The ball was perfectly in stride, and temporarily brought the Chargers back from the dead. The offense then got into a decent rhythm, with Rivers connecting on two more long passes to Keenan Allen, for 49 and 50 yards, both thrown perfectly in stride and featuring a lot of yardage after the catch. And Rivers added one more touchdown to his tally when he connected with Hunter Henry along the back line of the end zone for a score (a better catch by Henry than anything Rivers did, but he still put it where only Henry could make the play).
2017 Week 3 vs KC (20 / 40 / 237 / 0 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rivers looked nothing like the quarterback who put up big numbers through the season's first two weeks. He locked onto receivers for far too long, made poor decisions with the football, and carelessly threw it into traffic on several occasions. He ended up with three interceptions, but he could have had at least two othes that were sitting right in the arms of a defender but were just dropped. One of those could have gone for a touchdown the other way had the defender been able to hang on. Rivers was under duress on the play, but there is no excuse for the decision he made to throw it in the first place. On a few other passes, he just hoisted it deep downfield into traffic and hoped the receiver would come down with it. Only one of those resulted in a turnover (off of a deflection on an underthrown ball intended for Tyrell Williams), but just the simple fact that he was flipping up 50-50 jump balls to smallish receivers with defenders in the area doesn't inspire a ton of confidence. Fortunately for Rivers, two of those jump balls managed to find their way into the waiting arms of Travis Benjamin. Despite the early turnovers, the Chargers were still within one score at the half and throughout much of the second half. Perhaps because of that, they didn't really take very many chances. They tried running the ball (with very limited success) and throwing a bunch of short conservative passes over the middle. But the Kansas City defense made plays when it needed to in order to keep the Chargers off the scoreboard the entire second half.
2017 Week 2 vs MIA (31 / 39 / 331 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
For the second straight week, Rivers put up big stats and did all he could to put his team in position to win the game. And for the second week in a row, a missed field goal resulted in a loss. Why this matters for fantasy owners going forward, is that it's clear that Rivers is surrounded by talented weapons. And just as telling, it's pretty likely that he'll be playing full 60-minute games for most of the season. Charger games have tended to come down to the last drive on more than a few occasions the last few years, so there may not be many instances of running out the clock. In this game, he got a good amount of time to throw and was given a clean pocket for most of the afternoon. On the rare occasions that a Miami defender got near him, it was usually by design as the play called for a screen or a swing pass. Rivers' first trip near the end zone resulted in a fade to tight end Hunter Henry (who Rivers seemed intent on getting involved after not seeing a single target a week ago) in the corner. The ball was way overthrown by Rivers, but somehow drew a pass interference flag. The Chargers then opted to run the ball three straight plays, with the third one resulting in a touchdown. Rivers didn't look very far down the field, for the most part taking what the Miami defense gave to him with crossing routes and swing passes and letting the skill guys do the rest. In the second half, Rivers had to do some more work. A pass to Henry set the Chargers up in goal to go offense, and he seemed intent on getting the ball to Antonio Gates (who came into the game needing one touchdown to pass Tony Gonzalez on the all-time list for touchdowns by a tight end). The first attempt floated way up over Gates' head and was nearly intercepted in the end zone. It was a very poor decision by Rivers. But on the next play, he found Gates with a quick strike halfway through the end zone, as the big tight end held on despite defenders dragging him down as he landed. Throughout the fourth quarter, Rivers was precise and accurate with his passes, only coming close to an interception on his lone deep ball attempt. He heaved one up for Travis Benjamin on a third and long situation, so the presumed thought process is that if it had been picked off it would have acted as sort of a long punt. But Benjamin broke up the pass at the last moment, so it fell incomplete. On the potential game-winning drive, Rivers drove the Chargers from their half of the field and into Miami territory, setting up a 44-yard field goal that would have given the team the victory but it wasn't to be.
2017 Week 1 vs DEN (22 / 33 / 192 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
With the Chargers trying to keep it close early on, they leaned heavily on the run game. Rivers completed just 6-11 passes in the first half, and they weren't really attacking down the field. But as has been the case so many times, when the team fell behind and took to the air, Rivers started finding his rhythm. Despite being under duress throughout the game, he was putting up respectable stats if not a huge volume of pass plays. He even found Melvin Gordon on a short dumpoff over the middle for a score, although the majority of that touchdown was the result of a fantastic individual effort by Gordon. Early in the second half, Rivers' lone turnover came on a slant intended for Keenan Allen. Both Rivers and Allen screamed profusely at the official for a pass interference or illegal contact flag, but it wouldn't come. Finally, the Chargers broke through with another score when Rivers found a wide open Allen near the back of the end zone to make the game 24-14. Following a Broncos fumble, Rivers took over and immediately connected with Travis Benjamin on a wide open 38-yard touchdown bomb. It was thrown in perfect stride, with Benjamin beating everyone on the play. On the team's final last-gasp drive to try and tie it up, he was nearly intercepted on a pass over the middle but would have been bailed out by the pass interference flag anyway. Rivers managed to drive the team close enough to attempt a game-tying field goal, but the kick was blocked.
Latest NewsChargers | Philip Rivers has terrific game (Thu Nov 23, 08:26 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers went 27-for-33 for 434 yards and three touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12. link to story Chargers | Philip Rivers tosses two touchdowns (Sun Nov 19, 11:00 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 20 of his 32 pass attempts for 251 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 11 against the Buffalo Bills. link to story Chargers | Philip Rivers to play (Sun Nov 19, 03:19 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers (concussion) is officially active for the team's Week 11 game. link to story Chargers | Philip Rivers expected to start in Week 11 (Sun Nov 19, 08:46 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers (concussion) is expected to start Week 11's game against the Buffalo Bills. Our View: Rivers is a solid high floor QB1 this week against a Bills defense that has been in freefall the last two games.
link to story Chargers | Philip Rivers cleared (Fri Nov 17, 08:44 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers (concussion) has been cleared to play in the team's Week 11 game by an independent neurologist. Our View: As expected, especially after Rivers practiced fully on Friday. He should put up low-end QB1 numbers against the Bills on Sunday.
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