Monday, November 12, 2007

Philip Rivers Getting Worse Each Week?

Peyton Manning struggled last night particularly against Antonio Cromartie (who had 3 int's). Manning finished the game 34 of 56 with 328 yards 2 TDs and 6 interceptions. His passer rating was only 49.4. Not typical Manning numbers.

However, Manning wasn't the worst quarterback in the Colts vs Chargers game Sunday night. Rivers also had a very poor performance. He completed 13 of 24 for only 104 yards with 2 interceptions. Rivers committed his league leading 10th fumble in this game, worse yet, it was when his team was backed up on their own 2 yard line. His low 30.6 passer rating, which is the second lowest of his career, basically sums up the game for Rivers. All he had to do in the second half was really keep the lead and not mess up. Instead he fumbled in his own endzone and the Colts easily scored. That put the game a lot closer than it needed to be, it almost cost the Chargers the game.

Rivers was a key to the loss against Minnesota as well last week (his passer rating in that game only 49.4). Rivers couldn't keep the Chargers in the game. The Minnesota pass rush proved to be too much for him. The plays he could get off without too much of a rush were very poorly thrown. The three fumbles he committed didn't help either.

San Diego fans and residents are calling for Rivers to be benched.

"The defense played its heart out while Rivers' plays were awful. Please bench Rivers. Let's take a chance with Billy Volek." Lam Nguyen of San Marcos

"A win is a win, but this was pathetic! Norv, Rivers and the offense don't have a clue. I'm surprised Norv didn't challenge the final score!" Steve Wantoch of Lakeside

Not only are fans upset with the poor play of Philip Rivers, but ultimately of the Chargers.

"This was not a win! It was a Colts loss." Chris Dennis of Ramona

Can the Chargers answer the call of the fans and wakeup? They've got another tough game against Jacksonville coming up to get prepared for. Jacksonville has a strong defensive team, so the Chargers may end up relying on Cromartie once again.