Philip Rivers continues to have a remarkable year at quarterback for the San Diego Chargers.
Too bad, however, that his outstanding NFL season is being put to waste by the Chargers, especially the defense.
The Chargers are 4-5 after Sunday’s 28-20 loss to the Denver Broncos and probably not in good shape to qualify for the playoffs. That’s unfortunate considering Rivers is playing like a quarterback set to take a team all the way. He’s been passing more than 70-percent completion efficiency all season. Yet his team is below .500. That’s what happens when the quarterback can’t produce enough to make up for what his team’s defense allows. The Chargers had 320 net yards but couldn’t come close to controlling Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offense, which piled up 397 yards. Manning got the best of Rivers in yardage, but more importantly, he got the best of the San Diego quarterback on the scoreboard.
Rivers, however, has to put more points on the board in critical situations. The Chargers had the ball 38:03 against the Broncos who had it for 21:57. However, the Broncos still get more yardage and more importantly, more points.
Except for a 19-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Chargers have not shown much defense to indicate they’re a viable playoff contender. They need to win at least five of their remaining seven games to have a shot at the postseason.
Rivers can just continue to play his game but focus more on executing in the red zone. The Chargers are going to have to win high school games because they don’t seem to be capable of playing in a low scoring one.