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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%: 98/40 | Average Draft Position: 90.58
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Philip Rivers on target in Week 12 victory


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7:26 pm ET) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 29 of 35 passes (83 percent) for 291 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Rams. Rivers threw a 99-yard pick-six to corner Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter, but made few mistakes after that.

With just over eight minutes left in the game, Rivers hit wideout Keenan Allen on a slip screen that turned into a 29-yard touchdown. Despite the solid performance, Rivers has accounted for two scores and five turnovers in his last three games.

He'll visit the Ravens in Week 13.


Philip Rivers among Chargers cleared to play


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:56 pm ET) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who was probable with a chest injury, is active as expected for Sunday's game against the Rams. The other probables suiting up are nose tackle Sean Lissemore (quadriceps) and cornerback Steve Williams (hamstring).

Chargers QB Philip Rivers officially probable for Week 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was a full participant in practice all week and was officially listed as probable for Week 12. Rivers appeared to have aggravated a chest injury in Week 11 against the Raiders. Following that game, tight end Antonio Gates indicated that Rivers had been dealing with "a very severe rib injury" for a few weeks, per U-T San Diego.

Rivers has passed for 2,544 yards, with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. he has completed only 59.6 percent of his pass attempts in November, compiling 331 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in two November games.


Philip Rivers practices in full Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said he suffered a chest injury Sunday when he fell on the ball while being sacked by the Raiders' Khalil Mack, reports ESPN.com. But Rivers practiced fully Wednesday ahead of Week 12 against the Rams.

"He looked great out there today at practice," coach Mike McCoy said.

McCoy would not confirm earlier reports that Rivers has been playing with a severe rib injury. Rivers has started 138 straight regular-season games.


Chargers' McCoy: QB Philip Rivers is 'going to play this week'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) While reports surface about the severity of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers' rib injury, it appears it's not a major issue to coach Mike McCoy, who said Monday that Rivers is healthy enough to start Week 12 vs. St. Louis.

"Yes. He's going to play this week," McCoy said.

Rivers is off to a slow start statistically in November, completing 59.6 percent of his passes (34 of 57) for 331 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions through two games this month. McCoy reiterated Monday that Rivers has been "off" on some of his throws, but it's not because of the injury.

"He missed a couple of throws and he'll tell you that," McCoy said.


Report: Chargers QB Philip Rivers dealing with bruised ribs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates said after Sunday's game against the Raiders that quarterback Philip Rivers has been dealing with "a very severe rib injury" for a few weeks.

A source told NFL.com that Rivers has bruised ribs with possible cartilage damage, but he is not dealing with fractured ribs and he has sustained no damage to his lungs.

Rivers dismissed talk about severity of the issue following Sunday's 13-6 win. While he had to be checked out twice during Sunday's game -- once after having his leg rolled up and again after taking a big shot to the midsection -- he didn't miss a snap in the Week 11 victory. 

Rivers is off to a slow start statistically in November, completing 59.6 percent of his passes (34 of 57) for 331 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions through two games this month.


Gates: Chargers QB Philip Rivers dealing with 'severe' rib injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates indicated after Sunday's game that quarterback Philip Rivers has been dealing with a "severe" rib injury over the last few weeks, U-T San Diego reports.

"He's showed a lot in the past, his mental toughness, his will to win and overcome anything he's dealing with from a physical standpoint," Gates said. "Not for once did I think he was going to go out of the game. I watched the guy play with a torn ACL. He takes some shots. He's taken some shots all year. For those who don't know, he's been dealing with a rib injury, a very severe rib injury, so he's been toughing it out these last three or four weeks."

Rivers had to be checked out twice during Sunday's game, once after having his leg rolled up and again after taking a big shot to the midsection, but he didn't miss a snap in the Week 11 win. He downplayed his injury issues after the game, saying, "I'm no more banged up than other quarterback in the league. All good."

The Chargers are set to face the Rams in Week 12.


Chargers QB Philip Rivers has quiet day in Week 11 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 22 of his 34 pass attempts for just 193 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in his team's 13-6 win over the Raiders in Week 11.

Though the Raiders had the ball first, the Chargers were able to go up 7-0 in the first minute of play, as the Raiders fumbled the team's first offensive snap and Rivers hit Malcom Floyd for a 22-yard touchdown two plays later. That wound up being the longest pass of the day for the quarterback as the Chargers played things conservatively and leaned on the defense to shut down the winless Raiders.

Rivers appeared to be dealing with a few injuries in the game, and he had to be checked out on the sidelines at least once after taking a big hit, though he did not miss a snap in the win. The Chargers stay at home to face the Rams in Week 12.


Thumb injury to Chargers' Philip Rivers not believed to be serious


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Chargers coach Mike McCoy told reporters following a 37-0 defeat to Miami that the hand injury to quarterback Philip Rivers is not considered to be serious. McCoy indicated that Rivers would have stayed in the game if the score was close, per the NFL Network.

Rivers completed only 12 of 23 pass attempts for 138 yards and three interceptions before leaving the game late in the third quarter. The Chargers are on a bye next week, which means Rivers will get a week of rest before San Diego faces Oakland in Week 11.


Philip Rivers hits a bump in the road


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) With how well he has thrown the ball this season, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was bound to disappoint at some point, as a he did in Week 9's 37-0 loss to the Dolphins.

Rivers' day was a complete disaster throughout, as he failed to throw for a touchdown for the first time in nine games. He was picked off three times and completed just 12 of 23 passes before being benched at the end of the third quarter.

Rivers has now been intercepted five times over the last two games, compared to just three times in the first seven games. This is a bit of regression to the mean for a quarterback who was being intercepted on just 1.3 percent of his passes through seven games. After Sunday, that mark is up to 2.7 percent, right in line with his career mark of 2.5 percent.

Sunday was a huge letdown for Rivers, as nothing went the Chargers' way. The team's bye in Week 10 comes at a good time, as he should get No. 1 running back Ryan Mathews back when the team returns. Despite the downturn his season has taken, you will want Rivers in your lineup for Week 11 against the Raiders. 


Chargers QB Philip Rivers suffers hand injury in Week 9


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) After an unimpressive performance, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was forced out of Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a hand injury. Although the team listed him as questionable to return with the injury, it appears unlikely that he'll be back on the field considered the score is well out of hand. Kellen Clemens came in for him in the fourth quarter.

Rivers fumbled once and was picked off by Reshad Jones and twice by Brent Grimes on the day before leaving the game. He compiled 138 yards through the air while completing only 12 of 23 pass attempts. Rivers came in with five consecutive games of 120.0-plus passer rating. He finished the day with a 31.0 rating.

The Chargers will head into a bye before facing the Raiders in Week 11.


Chargers QB Philip Rivers turns in uneven game Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers turned in an uneven game Thursday against the Broncos.

Rivers completed 30 of 41 passes for 252 yards. He threw three touchdowns, but also added two interceptions. Rivers had a tough time getting much done during the first half. The Chargers were held to small gains, as Rivers' longest completion went for just 15 yards. Things opened up a bit at halftime. Rivers would finally manage to connect on some big gains, and found his old friend Antonio Gates to be a major asset late in the contest. San Diego had a slim chance to get back into the game, but a late interception by Rivers sealed the victory for Denver. Rivers did have one carry during the contest, picking up 17 yards.

Rivers will look for more Week 9 against the Dolphins. 


Phillip Rivers could keep rolling


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has scored at least 20 Fantasy points in five of seven games so far this season, and should keep on rolling in Week 8 against the Broncos Thursday.

The Broncos have been among the 10-worst defense in the league when it comes to slowing down quarterbacks, allowing 20.3 Fantasy points per game. And, though the game will be taking place Thursday, Fantasy owners shouldn't be too worried about that putting a damper on Rivers' roll. Rivers scored 18 Fantasy points in his last Thursday night game, and had 34 points in two games against the Broncos last season.

This game has all of the makings of a shootout, and Rivers has been just about as good as any quarterback in the league. Even with the short week, keep Rivers active for Week 8. 


Philip Rivers throws two TDs in Chargers' Week 7 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 17 of his 31 passes for 205 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in his team's 23-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.

The Chiefs were able to grind out long drives throughout the game, keeping the ball out of Rivers' hands and limiting the Chargers to just 21 minutes of possession. Rivers still managed multiple touchdowns for the sixth straight game, hitting John Phillips for a wide-open one-yard score in the first quarter and finding Antonio Gates in the end zone on a deflected pass from 27 yards out in the second quarter.

It was Rivers' first time falling short of a 120 quarterback rating since the season opener, and his 205 yards were by far a season low. He'll look for a better result against the Broncos in Denver on Thursday night.


Chargers' Philip Rivers fires three touchdown passes Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers continued to impress with another impressive performance, firing three touchdown passes in a Week 6 win at Oakland.

Rivers hooked up with Eddie Royal for a 29-yard touchdown strike in the opening quarter. He threw a 5-yard pass to Malcom Floyd in the end zone for a score in the second quarter and then connected with Antonio Gates for a 1-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
Rivers compiled 313 yards through the air while completing 22 of 34 passes. He added three touchdowns and no interceptions, registering a 123.8 passer rating. He was sacked once and rushed for 13 yards on five attempts. He has a 15-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season.

The Chargers will host the Chiefs in Week 7.


Chargers' Philip Rivers turns in masterful performance Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers turned in an exceptional performance Week 5 against the Jets.

Rivers completed 20 of 28 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw one interception during the contest. Antonio Gates wound up playing a big role, hauling in two touchdowns. Despite the strong start, Rivers wound up being under pressure more often than usual. He took three sacks during the game. Rivers also had two rushing attempts for 3 yards. Rivers left the game in the fourth quarter, making way for Kellen Clemens to get some time. Rivers did admit to injuring his hand during the contest, but was able to play through the injury. 

He'll take on the Raiders Week 6. 


Philip Rivers picks up slack for running game


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/29/2014) With running back Donald Brown struggling to fill the void of Ryan Mathews in what seemed like a favorable matchup Week 4 vs. Jacksonville, picking up 19 yards on 10 carries, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers put the team on his shoulders, throwing for a season-high 377 yards. He had three touchdown passes for the second time in three games, giving him eight (to zero interceptions) during that stretch.

With both Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead sidelined for the foreseeable future, Rivers figures to carry the offense, and if this performance is any indication, he's up to the challenge.

Based on what Rivers has been in the past and what the Chargers offense will have to be without any sort of running game, I'd anticipate using Rivers about like I use Matt Ryan in Fantasy -- in other words, starting him every week.

That includes Week 5 against the Jets, who are much more geared to stop the run than the pass these days.


Philip Rivers dominates Jacksonville Week 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers dominated the Jaguars Week 4.

Rivers completed 29 of 39 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns. He did not throw an interception during the contest. Keenan Allen was the breakout performer, as Rivers was constantly able to find his stud receiver during the contest. Even Eddie Royal chipped in, giving the team two receivers with at least 100 yards. Rivers did have a fumble during the contest, but did not turn the ball over.

Rivers will take on the Jets Week 5. 


Don't shy away from Philip Rivers now


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/24/2014) I'll admit Philip Rivers' first game without running back Ryan Mathews didn't go completely as I'd hoped. The Chargers didn't at all shy away from the run Week 3 at the Bills, giving backup Donald Brown 31 carries.

But he gained only 62 yards on those 31 carries for a William Perry-like 2.0 yards per carry. It was even worse than could have been expected following his stint with the Colts, confirming what we all knew: He is no kind of answer.

Except now with Danny Woodhead down, he's all they have. Well, he and Rivers, which is why I think more than ever this is Rivers' time to shine.

My two biggest takeaways from Sunday's game:

  1. Even with Brown getting all those touches, Rivers still had a big game throwing the ball, going for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
  2. As poorly as Brown ran the ball, why would the Chargers go to him that often again?

Even if you share just of those takeaways, Rivers' stock is on the rise. Against the Jaguars' 32nd-ranked pass defense this week, both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him as a top-seven quarterback, and with the Jets, Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos coming up, I'm thinking he's a must-start, Matt Ryan-level passer at least until Mathews returns.


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.