Week nine features a matchup that gets fantasy football owners all giddy inside if they own Philip Rivers as their quarterback. Rivers faces a Washington Redskins defense that has given up a heck of a lot of points and yardage through the air as of late, and the San Diego Chargers are on a mission to prove their candidacy for an AFC playoff spot.
Over their last three games, the Redskins have given up an average of 39 points, with only one of those game being a win when they had to score 45 to beat the Chicago Bears with Josh McCown at the helm for a half. Washington is ranked 28th in the league against the pass and is giving up 273 yards per game through the air.
Rivers, meanwhile, has led the Chargers to a sixth-ranked passing attack where they have passed for 294 yards per game as a team and Rivers is having a phenomenal year as a whole. Rivers has passed for 2,132 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year with only five interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 111.1 which is good for 2nd in the league behind, guess who? Peyton Manning.
The Redskins are currently at 2-5 in a division that is less than desirable at the moment, but very few believe they are in any shape to compete for a playoff spot. Robert Griffin III has had his moments where he’s looked like the same guy from a year ago, but overall he simply isn’t the same still.
I expect the Chargers to win this one handedly as Rivers goes off for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, thus continuing his Pro Bowl season and catapulting the Chargers to a 5-3 record in 2013.