Rivers Hopes That Sparkling Career Against Browns Continues

One man that has to be licking his chops right now is QB Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers. He is going to be leading his team into battle this weekend to the Dawg Pound, where the 1-6 Cleveland Browns are going to be waiting.

San Diego opened up the week laying just a point, but the NFL odds have since risen to the Chargers -3. Though there are plenty of reasons for that, perhaps the biggest one of all is the fact that Rivers has been out of this world in the two games that he has played against the Browns in his career.

Yes, it is true that Cleveland has covered both of these games, but it wasn't Rivers' fault. He and his offense put up 30 and 32 points in those two games respectively, and the defense couldn't hold long enough to get the squad to cover +13.5 and +13 respectively. In the two games, the Chargers combined for a whopping 858 yards, and if they can get anywhere near the 400+ yard mark on Sunday, they should be walking away with another victory.

Rivers has a 118.8 career quarterback rating against the Browns, and he has only done better than that against six other teams in his career. Though he does only have two touchdown passes in that stretch, Rivers has completed 37-of-53 pass attempts against Cleveland for 584 yards, an average of 11.0 yards per pass attempt and 292.0 yards per game.

So far this year, the Browns are ranked 27th in the NFL in total defense at 410.6 yards per game, and opposing quarterbacks are accounting for 276.9 passing yards per game, 26th in the league.

If all of this holds true, Rivers should be in for another big time day, and the Chargers should get back above .500 and at least hold a tie for the lead in the AFC West.

October 29, 2012

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