Last week we highlighted the record setting season that Philip Rivers is putting together. (Click here)
Rivers 2,649 yards are the most ever by an NFL quarterback in the first eight games of a season. Who did he pass? Now behind him is former Chargers QB, and Hall of Fame inductee, Dan Fouts whose old mark of 2,580 was set in 1982.
People are noticing – ‘My MVP plays for a losing team’
I’d give my MVP nod to Rivers over Peyton Manning and Tom Brady right now — though it’s razor-thin — because Rivers has had to deal with injuries the same way Manning has, and he’s had to deal with a new cast of receivers the way Brady has. And he’s had to do it while the historically bad Chargers special-teams have consistently put the team in holes that have been very difficult to dig out of. But he’s dug out of four, and nearly out of a couple of others. He’s thrown for 2,944 yards through nine games, 357 more than any other quarterback. His 8.95 yards-per-attempt is three-quarters of a yard better than any other passer, while his 19 touchdown passes lead Brees by one.
The MVP race should be interesting, especially if Rivers continues on pace to break Dan Marino’s passing-yards record for a season, and especially if the Chargers get some receivers healthy and make a run at the division title in the second half of the season. Rivers hasn’t won one yet, and there’s a reason: His competition is outstanding, as it will be this year.