As undoubtedly one of the most talented and productive quarterbacks in the NFL, Philip Rivers is not only racking up the wins, but he's also moving his way up the record books and helping fantasy football junkies in the process. BOLTHYPE blogger and former classmate of Philip Rivers takes a look ahead at what we can expect from the Chargers signal caller.
Philip, or “P-Riv” as I like to call him, had his best season in 2009, throwing for over 4,200 yards and 28 touchdowns. He met his goal of throwing for single-digit interceptions with 9 while connecting on over 65% of his passes.
I’m expecting this year to be quite different for Rivers’ stats even though he’ll be a better quarterback. First, it seems inevitable that P-Riv’s #1 downfield threat, Vincent Jackson, will not be with the team this season. Second, Ryan Mathews will take a lot of pressure off the passing game and there will undoubtedly be a better mix of run-pass. Plus, a better run-pass mix means sustained drives and fewer possessions.
But let’s not get bogged down with theoretical pontifications of what and why something will happen for now. The season is about to start. Let’s have some fun.
We’ll play a little Over/Under. I set the line, you pick whether Philip’s going over or under.
2009 SEASON TOTALS
Total Passing Yards – 4,254
Pass Attempts – 486
Touchdowns – 28
Interceptions – 9
Completion Percentage – 65.2%
Passer Rating – 104.4
Rushing Yards – 50
Tackles – 0
Wins – 13
Total Passing Yards – 3,917
Pass Attempts – 467
Touchdowns – 26
Interceptions – 8.5
Completion Percentage – 64.1%
Passer Rating – 101.7
Rushing Yards – 67
Tackles – .5
Wins – 10.5
That’s what I think is going to happen.
Will P-Riv’s numbers drop as much as I’m predicting? Any chance he gets some plays in at one of his old high school positions, Free Safety, to go OVER in the Tackles stat? Or will he just find another defensive player to spear like he did the Cowboys’ Barry Church? Any chance his numbers improve dramatically in certain areas? What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below!
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