With A Win On Sunday, Is Philip Rivers Back In The MVP Discussion?

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This Sunday, the final game of the 2008 regular season, Philip Rivers could break Dan Fouts' record for most touchdown passes thrown in a season by a San Diego Chargers quarterback. Rivers has 32 touchdown passes through 15 games, and Fouts' 1981 record stands at 33. If Philip Rivers leads his team into the playoffs, while at the same time setting a new Chargers record, does he propel himself into the MVP discussion?

The NFL's highest rated passer (and biggest Pro Bowl snub) has also thrown more touchdown passes than anyone else in the league. Rivers has certainly done his part to keep his team in playoff contention, especially considering the Chargers' struggles with running the ball consistently. The team has leaned on Rivers and he has responded with one of the best seasons by a Chargers quarterback ever.

December 26, 2008

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Anonymous said... Dec 26, 2008, 6:22:00 PM

this is a true snub!! 100% why? anti west coast/california bias? just dont understand why.

arnie said... Dec 26, 2008, 8:18:00 PM

phillp has made a habit of suceeding when and where he wasn't expected to. what i mean is the football world contiues to have a monopoly on it's favorites, Manning(s), Farve, Brady/Cassel, Romo,McNabb etc...these are the most tossed around names in sports analysis. and just about every year, they are expected to eclipse the performace of the rest. and even win a championship. and every year when they fail, they jave excuses a plenty.

but not Philip. he is not liked around the league, or by other fans. so he gets the snub. even though his passer rating is one of the highest, and his passing has kept the chargers hopes alive, MVP...he'll get the snub, because he's not in the popularity circle.

peace out

Anonymous said... Dec 27, 2008, 12:14:00 PM

MVP is a combo of winning and good stats. Chargers are 7-8. The MVP is an individual as well as a team award to a certain extent. No doubt Rivers has moved into the top tier of QBs this year and his individual recognition will come.

Tim Williams said... Dec 27, 2008, 3:15:00 PM

Philip absolutly has the stats to qualify him for MVP, the only remaining question in my mind is how valuable was his perfomance to the Chargers success. IMO if the Chargers beat the Broncos, Philip should be the one to win the MVP. Carrying a team that started 4-8 to the playoffs is an accomplishment that really seems like the definition of the award. Likely though someone like Peyton Manning will get it due to reputation/well liked/east coast biases or a multitude of other factors.

Anonymous said... Dec 27, 2008, 10:33:00 PM

I cant believe everyone in the league still talks about his so-called "trash talking".
Big Deal. Get..Over..It. He is a winner and was totally dissed.

Anonymous said... Dec 31, 2008, 12:18:00 AM

Phillip should absolutely be in the running for mvp. I am dissapointed sports shows are not mentioning him and his accomplishments. He just broke the franchise passing touchdown record by Fouts.

Anonymous said... Apr 20, 2009, 1:51:00 PM

Rivers has make watching the NFL interesting for me again. Have had no real interest since Montana retired.

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