The Stat Line of the Night — 11/22/10 — Philip Rivers
So this is what the San Diego Chargers were supposed to look like. I wasn’t sure after watching them stumble their way to a 4-5 start. The 35-14 shellacking they handed Denver on Monday Night Football last night seemed more appropriately matched to the expectations of this season. As inconsistent as they have been, however, Philip Rivers has been rolling along, and quietly making a case for MVP. Last night it was on display for a national audience.
Rivers did not need to throw the ball that many times last night to get the job done. On only 24 pass attempts, he completed 15 of them and amassed 233 yards. He was also able to engineer 4 touchdowns through the air and only threw one interception. He now has 3,177 yards on the season and with 6 games to go, he can legitimately challenge Dan Marino’s single season mark of 5,084 yards passing. On top of that, his quarterback rating on the night was also an impressive 116.8.
While San Diego’s slow start has them in a hole, they are certainly not out of it yet. The division leading Chiefs are only 6-4, 1 game ahead of the Chargers. Rivers has looked like an MVP candidate so far and if he keeps it up, there’s no reason to think they can’t overtake the Chiefs and make the playoffs, where anything can happen. Rivers wins the “Stat Line of the Night”, and the Chargers appear to have righted the ship. All in all, a good night for San Diego.