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Los Angeles Chargers: Team awards at midway point of season

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks off during the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks off during the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Team MVP- Philip Rivers

This is a toss up between Rivers and Melvin Gordon and if you wanted to put Gordon here, there likely wouldn’t be much of an argument. But since MVP awards usually favor quarterbacks, I will too.

It’s not that Rivers hasn’t had an MVP season, he’s been fantastic. In fact, he’d likely be on a short list of candidates for MVP of the whole league right now.

Rivers, at 36 years old, is having one of the best seasons of his career.

In seven games, Rivers is completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,008 yards with 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions. His 117.8 quarterback rating currently ranks second in the league, behind only Drew Brees.

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Rivers knows that his Super Bowl window is closing. But rather than regressing and hoping that his teammates will pick him up, he’s doing the exact opposite, giving full effort on every play and making everyone around him better.

Only the best of the best are able to do that and for years, Rivers has been one of the best.

Because of names like Tom Brady, Brees, Aaron Rodgers and the emerging guys like Patrick Mahomes, Rivers will likely never receive the recognition Chargers fans know he deserves.

But anyone who knows Rivers well knows he doesn’t want individual awards. He wants to grab hold of the Lombardi Trophy and raise it high for the fans of this team who have waited so long for that to happen.

If he continues the level of play he’s had throygh the first half of the season, this could finally be the year.

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