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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Despite Outcome, Rivers' Accuracy Continues
Unfortunately the result wasn’t the same as the Chargers dropped a 20-17 decision to the Tennessee Titans.
What did remain consistent from last week, however, was the accurate hand of quarterback Philip Rivers. Number 17 finished the game 20-of 24 for 184 yards, one touchdown and a 112.5 passer rating. The main difference in his stats came in his number of attempts, which were cut in half from the previous game. Rivers says this was a result of the defensive looks the Titans were giving him.
“The game kind of goes through spurts,” he said. “They were playing a lot of two-deep coverages or man underneath. I don’t know how many total plays we had, but it didn’t feel like we had the ball as much as we did last week. And we had some short fields. Some of the situations were where we were. We had the run going good. They’re playing a lot of two-deep coverages. A couple of times I’m checking to the run. It’s kind of take what they give us. We got into a few third downs and we didn’t convert. That’s the thing. If we convert, you throw it more and you run it more. That gives you a few more touches and a few more things. I don’t feel like we eased up by any means. You kind of (play) the game as it was going. The safeties were deep and they were playing a lot of two. I thought that the way we attacked them was right.”
The reigning AFC Offensive Player of the Week picked up right where he left off against Philadelphia, going a perfect 5-for-5 on the first drive, ending it with a seven-yard touchdown strike to Antonio Gates. Overall, he would hit seven different receivers as he continued to spread the ball around to the open man.
Here is a complete breakdown of Rivers' ball dispersal: Danny Woodhead caught seven balls for 55 yards, Gates had 55 yards as well on five receptions, Ladarius Green had two catches for 49-yards, including a terrific 34-yarder in the third quarter, Eddie Royal hauled in a pair of catches for 34 yards and Vincent Brown had two for 11. Keenan Allen had a catch for three yards and Le’Ron McClain added one for seven, but they were officially credited for -4 and -6 respectively, while Rivers had -9, due to a series of laterals at the end of the game.