The Stat Line of the Night — 11/7/10 — Philip Rivers
There is no doubt that the Houston Texans are a much-improved team this year, but they have one glaring weakness…pass defense. Philip Rivers was more than happy to exploit that weakness all day yesterday. He is the league’s leading passer and he showed why this was such a tough matchup for the hapless Houston secondary. Rivers didn’t even need the help of three of his biggest threats, tight end Antonio Gates, and wide receivers Malcolm Floyd and Vincent Jackson, who were all out of the game for various reasons.
Rivers was extremely effective and efficient, as he has been much of the year. He threw 23 times and completed 17 of those passes. Rookie Seyi Ajirotutu caught 4 of those passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rivers himself threw for 295 yards. He also threw 4 touchdowns and just one interception. His passer rating was 137.2. The biggest touchdown of the game came with just 5:23 seconds left in the 4th which gave the Chargers the lead for good. A two point conversion extended that lead to 6, which would hold up to give them the 29-23 victory.
The Chargers are just 4-5 this year, even after the win. They dug a hole for themselves early in the season and will have to continue to claw their way out of it to make the playoffs. With Rivers leading the charge, they have a good shot, but injuries and mistakes have to be limited, as there isn’t much room for error. For now, Rivers secures “The Stat Line of the Night”.