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Philip Rivers will be main reason for Chargers’ 2018 playoff run

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at the StubHub Center on November 19, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at the StubHub Center on November 19, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Durability

Rivers has started 192 consecutive games, which by the way, is the active leader in the league for any position, let alone the quarterback spot. The next quarterback on the active list is Matt Ryan with 131, only about four full seasons behind Rivers.

He’s started in every single game since the 2006 season opener and no other quarterback in the NFL, including the two guys drafted in the same class as him, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, can make that claim.

You know he’s going to go out and play. The game plan doesn’t ever have to change in terms of who will be taking snaps because it’s been the same guy for the past 12 seasons. Now of course, injuries can happen to any player at any time, but Rivers has played through them before and the fact that he’s out there no matter what to help his team win is perhaps his most admirable trait.

That kind of mentality rubs off on other players and when you consider the other quarterbacks in the division, they don’t come close to measuring up.

Carr has had serious injuries in each of the last two seasons and Keenum is playing for his fourth different team and has been a career backup. Mahomes has obviously never started a game.

You’ve probably heard the saying that the best ability is availability and when it comes to the quarterback position, that is incredibly true. For this reason alone, Rivers is the best quarterback in the division but there’s more.

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