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17 Philip Rivers QB
Height/Weight: 6-5/228 | Birthdate: 12/8/1981 | Birthplace: Decatur, AL, USA | Team: San Diego | College: North Carolina State | NFL Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 99/48 | Average Draft Position: 90.58
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Philip Rivers tosses two more scores in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers put together another solid performance in a 22-10 win over the Bills in Week 3 Sunday.

Rivers wasn't asked to do much, as he attempted a season-low 25 passes, but still put up solid numbers. He completed 18 of 25 passes for 256 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both to Eddie Royal. He added 11 rushing yards in the win.

Rivers is off to yet another solid start to the season, having completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 778 yards through three games. He also has six touchdowns to just one interception so far. The Chargers are set to take on the Jaguars in Week 4. 


Philip Rivers a quality starter in Week 3


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) Chargers quarerback Philip Rivers is set up to play well in Week 3 at Buffalo.

Rivers made the Legion of Boom look vulnerable in Week 2 at home with 284 passing yards and three touchdowns and a surprising 11 carries for 17 yards against Seattle. We hope he can carry that momentum into Buffalo, and the Bills have already forced three interceptions in two games against Jay Cutler and Ryan Tannehill.

Rivers is clearly in sync with Antonio Gates, who scored all three touchdowns against the Seahawks. Once Keenan Allen gets going, which should happen this week, then Rivers could become a weekly Fantasy starter. It helps his cause that Ryan Mathews (knee) is out, meaning Rivers could be asked to throw more if the running game struggles.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Philip Rivers dominates Seahawks secondary


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers dominated the Seattle secondary Week 2.

Rivers completed 28 of 37 attempts for 284 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 11 rushing attempts for 17 yards. Rivers had three things going for him throughout the game. He was able to stress the short passing game, which allowed the club to eat up the clock. San Diego held the ball for 42:15 minutes. 

Having Antonio Gates helped, too. The veteran caught seven passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns. Gates was consistently Rivers' go to guy in the red zone and on third down.

Rivers fumbled twice during the contest, but the Chargers managed to recover the ball both times. He'll take on the Bills Week 3. 


Philip Rivers dinks and dunks in MNF loss


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers averaged 6.6 yards per attempt in Monday's 18-17 loss at Arizona. He completed 21 of 36 throws but for only 238 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Rivers' longest completion went 34 yards to lumbering tight end Antonio Gates. Rivers overthrew Malcom Floyd on a second-quarter bomb, though they later hooked up for a 6-yard touchdown. With corner Patrick Peterson blanketing Keenan Allen (5 catches, 37 yards), Rivers had few big-play chances.

San Diego's receivers didn't give Rivers much help. Eddie Royal stopped short on a crossing route, leading to Jerraud Powers' interception right before halftime. Gates and Allen had critical drops.

It won't get any easier for Rivers, who faces the Seahawks in Week 2.


Philip Rivers will struggle to duplicate 2013 numbers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Last year's No. 4 Fantasy quarterback, Philip Rivers opens the season against a Cardinals defense not nearly as ferocious as last year's unit. Arizona lost defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to a torn ACL, as well as linebackers Karlos Dansby (free agency) and Daryl Washington (suspension). Safety Tyrann Mathieu and two defensive linemen are questionable with injuries.

Rivers thrived in his first year under coach Mike McCoy, throwing for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. McCoy said he expects Rivers to play better in 2014. Rivers was razor sharp in the preseason, completing 15 of 18 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

But the fear with Rivers stems from San Diego's scheme. McCoy wants to run the ball more than he wants to air it out. San Diego added running back Donald Brown to a backfield that already includes Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.

The Chargers are going to ride that three-headed monster, making the efficient Rivers a low-end QB1 at best.


Philip Rivers razor sharp in final tuneup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers looked razor sharp Sunday against the 49ers, completing 9 of 10 throws for 85 yards and a touchdown. Rivers found tight end Antonio Gates wide open for a 10-yard score late in the first quarter.

Rivers did not play from that point on, and won't see the field again until San Diego's regular-season opener Sept. 8 at Arizona.


Philip Rivers limited to one series of work Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was limited to one series with the first-team Friday night against the Seahawks.

Rivers completed a short pass to Donald Brown for 5 yards and a pass to Malcom Floyd for 15 yards. He completed 2 of 4 pass attempts for 20 yards. He has completed 6 of 8 pass attempts for 81 yards through two preseason games.


Philip Rivers limited to one drive in first preseason action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers got off to a productive start Thursday night against the Cowboys in preseason action. He was limited to the opening series of the game, completing all four of his pass attempts for 61 yards. 

The Chargers will travel to Seattle for their second preseason game on Aug. 15.

Report: Chargers to use no-huddle offense more


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) The Chargers will let quarterback Philip Rivers run the no-huddle offense more frequently under new coordinator Frank Reich, reports NFL.com. It's a boost for the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year, who threw for nearly 4,500 yards with 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season.

Mike McCoy: Philip Rivers will pick up where he left off


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Chargers coach Mike McCoy said quarterback Philip Rivers will build off last season, when he threw 32 touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

"He should start off where he finished and have the type of year he had last year," McCoy said, per ESPN.com. "Our team will only improve. There were a lot of first times for our team also, in a new system. There's things you're learning -- you practice things all the time but they may not be against a certain coverage.

"He was learning as we were going during the year. As time goes along you put in a new play, maybe it's a play out of a new formation, or someone else is running it, Ladarius [Green] is running it versus one of the receivers. You're still learning about one another and your system every week."


Hakeem Nicks' wish list: Colts, Panthers, Chargers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Free agent receiver Hakeem Nicks told ESPN he can see himself catching passes from the Colts' Andrew Luck, the Panthers' Cam Newton or the Chargers' Philip Rivers. Nicks failed to catch a touchdown pass with the Giants last season.

"Players have already started to reach out to me from other teams saying they would love for me to come join them," Nicks said. "I just want to make it clear that I want a long-term deal and I want to be happy. I'm excited about talking to teams and making it work."

Nicks earlier said he was open to a one-year deal.


Was 2013 Philip Rivers' finest season?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers thrived under first-year coach Mike McCoy and put together his best season in 2013, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The paper noted Rivers set a franchise record by completing 69.5 percent of his throws, helped the team convert 49 percent of third downs and did a great job protecting the football.

Rivers did all that playing behind a line that used five left tackles, four left guards and a rookie right tackle. Rivers ranked fourth in the league in yards per attempt and passing touchdowns.

Rivers, 32, is signed through 2015.


Philip Rivers wins Comeback Player of the Year award


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was named the 2013 NFL Comeback Player of the Year during Saturday's NFL Honors award ceremony.

Rivers endured a rough 2012 season, throwing for 3,606 yards, with 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He bounced back in 2013 by cracking the 4,000-yard mark for the fifth time in his past six season. He completed 378 of 544 passes (69.5 percent) for 4,478 yards, with 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Philip Rivers can't overcome slow start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 20 yards in the first half of the playoff loss at Denver. He heated up late, finishing 18 of 27 for 217 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, but it wasn't enough to extend his season.

Rivers was under heavy pressure much of the game, and he took four sacks. He also was victimized by a few drops and the absence of a running game. Rivers finally got untracked with a 16-yard touchdown to Keenan Allen early in the fourth quarter and later hit Allen for another 16-yard score.

Allen was clearly Rivers' favorite receiver. Rivers targeted the rookie nine times, or on one-third of his throws.


Philip Rivers gets the job done


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was able to get the job done against the Bengals Sunday.

Rivers didn't have a huge game, but was effective. He got off to a slow start, throwing just six times before half-time. That didn't change much after half, as Rivers attempted 16 passes during the game. He completed 12 of them for 128 yards and a 4 yard touchdown pass. Rivers did not turn the ball over. The Chargers will take on the Broncos next week.


Philip Rivers praises Bengals for first-game victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was quick to credit the Bengals defense for his team's struggles in the first meeting between the two teams on Dec. 1. Three turnovers helped the Bengals defeat host San Diego, 17-10.

"I want to be respectful because they had a lot to do with it," Rivers told The Mighty 1090 Sports Radio. "They caused the turnovers ... our execution wasn't great."


Philip Rivers completes bounceback season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Playing against the Chiefs' backups, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers hit 22 of 33 throws for 229 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the Week 17 overtime win. It was Rivers' sixth game this season with at least three touchdown passes.

Rivers threw scoring strikes to tight ends Ladarius Green and Antonio Gates and receiver Eddie Royal. Rivers and Gates connected on their 60th touchdown, most of any quarterback-tight end combo in NFL history.

Rivers threw for 4,478 yards this season, with 32 touchdowns against 13 turnovers. He completed a career-high 69.5 percent of his passes. After committing 47 turnovers in the previous two years, Rivers took much better care of the ball in new coach Mike McCoy's offense.


NFL reveals offensive players for Pro Bowl


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The NFL announced Friday the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The league will hold a draft on Jan. 22 where Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will select their respective squads for the annual all-star game.

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas Broncos.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.

Philip Rivers should exploit Chiefs' backups


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers played his best game Week 12 at Kansas City. And that was against the Chiefs' starters.

In Week 17 Rivers will try to lead his team to the playoffs by beating Kansas City's backups. The Chiefs have nothing to play for -- they're locked into the No. 5 seed -- so Rivers won't see much of the unit that ranks fourth in points allowed (18.5).

Rivers is coming off an average performance vs. Oakland, but over his last five games he's accounted for 10 touchdowns against four turnovers. In the first meeting with the Chiefs, Rivers completed 27 of 39 throws for 392 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 10.1 yards per attempt, his second-highest mark this season, and did not commit a turnover.

Rivers is a solid option Sunday. Start him over Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford, among others. 


Philip Rivers struggles in red zone


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers struggled in the red zone in the win over Oakland, leading two touchdown drives in five trips. Rivers finished 19 of 29 for 201 yards and a touchdown, with one interception and a lost fumble on a botched snap.

Rivers found rookie Keenan Allen on a slant for a 4-yard score in the third quarter. Earlier, he underthrew Vincent Brown for his 10th interception this season. Four picks have come against Oakland.

Rivers was victimized by a few drops, but overall it was an uninspiring performance in Fantasy's championship week. Rivers had thrown five touchdowns over the previous two games before failing to capitalize on this matchup.

He'll face the Chiefs in Week 17.


Efficient Philip Rivers downs Broncos with two scores


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers didn't put up big numbers Thursday, but he did just about all he needed to in a 27-20 win over the Broncos in Week 15.

Rivers finished the game with just 166 passing yards, his lowest total of the season. However, he was incredibly efficient, racking up that total on just 19 pass attempts, as he completed  12 of them. He tossed a pair of scores in the second quarter, both of which went Keenan Allen's way, to give the Chargers a lead they could sit on in the second half.

Rivers finished the game without an interception, the eighth time he has done so -- the Chargers are 6-2 in those games. He surpassed 4,000 yards for the fifth time in his career, as he now sits at 4,048 yards on the season with two games remaining.

San Diego's next game is set for Week 16 against the Raiders.  


Philip Rivers looking to improve on earlier game against Broncos


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/10/2013) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been a bit erratic lately, with three games of 20-plus Fantasy points and three of 15 or fewer over his last six. One of those sub-15 games came against his Week 15 opponent, the Broncos -- Rivers threw for 281 yards and a touchdown in Week 10, for 14 Fantasy points. 

The Broncos have been equally unpredictable against the pass lately, allowing quarterbacks to score 25 or more Fantasy points in three games, while allowing fewer than 15 in another three, over their last six. Only one quarterback (Tom Brady) went over 300 yards in that span, while three failed to hit the 250-yard mark.

An up-and-down string of performances from both sides make Rivers less than a sure thing. If you've been riding this roller coaster all season, he's still a risky, high-upside start. But if you're looking for a matchup streamer, it may be best to leave him on the bench. 


Philip Rivers fires three touchdown passes in win over Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for three touchdown passes for the second time over his last two games during Sunday's win over the Giants in Week 14.

Rivers hooked up with Keenan Allen for a 43-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 4-yard strike in the second quarter. Rivers also found Danny Woodhead for a 6-yard touchdown strike with 24 seconds remaining in the second quarter for his third touchdown pass before the half. With the game in hand, Rivers was held out of the final four-plus minutes of the game. He completed 21 of 28 passes for 249 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 37-14 victory.

Rivers has thrown for at least 240 yards in each of his last four games. He will look to keep rolling Thursday night at Denver in Week 15. He passed for 218 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions in his previous meeting this season against the Broncos.

Philip Rivers takes step back in loss to Cincy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who threw for 300-plus yards and three touchdowns his last time out, took a step back during Sunday's loss to the Bengals in Week 13.

Rivers hooked up with Ladarius Green for a 30-yard strike in the second quarter. He was also picked off by Dre Kirkpatrick in the third quarter. Antonio Gates caught Rivers' pass but coughed it up into the hands of Kirkpatrick. He completed 23 of 37 passes for 252 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 17-10 defeat.

Rivers has passed for 250-plus yards in four of his last five games. He'll look to get back on track in Week 14 against the Giants.

Ride Philip Rivers to Fantasy success this week?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/28/2013) When the Chargers host the Bengals in Week 13, Philip Rivers will take on a defense ranked sixth against the pass with 14 passing touchdowns allowed. Moreover, the Bengals have given up 20 or more Fantasy points to just four quarterbacks they've taken on. This includes holding Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady to under 20 Fantasy points each. 

But the Bengals aren't quite as good against the pass on the road as they are at home. All four quarterbacks who did well against the Bengals -- Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Thad Lewis and Matthew Stafford -- played at their home stadiums. Another one, Joe Flacco, had two touchdowns but didn't have a lot of yards with it and did have turnovers. And the other quarterback the Bengals faced, Ryan Tannehill, had just one touchdown.

So it's with that track record that I lean toward starting Rivers. Plus this doesn't shape up to be a matchup where the Chargers will run the ball a lot -- that's been the kind of factor that's been a disaster for Rivers' numbers. So I like Rivers and consider him a Top 10 quarterback this week.