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5 things for Los Angeles Chargers to be thankful for in 2018

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 04: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown past Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 04: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown past Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks off the field after defeating the Oakland Raiders 26-10 in a game at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks off the field after defeating the Oakland Raiders 26-10 in a game at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Philip Rivers

This should pretty much go without saying, but the Chargers should absolutely be thankful for their quarterback, who is having an MVP-caliber season. The Chargers will go as Rivers goes. If he continues the level of play he’s on, they’ll be contenders. If he starts to falter, the team won’t have enough to recover.

Rivers himself is likely very thankful for the team around him this season as well. The offensive line has stepped up and he has great support from the running game, led by Melvin Gordon. He has receivers that have stepped up and made plays and a defense that is starting to find its groove.

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On the year, Rivers is completing 67.3 percent of his passes. If he were to end the season with that number, it would be the second-highest completion percentage rate he has had for a season in his career. He’s thrown 21 touchdown passes but perhaps the most impressive stat he has through nine games is the fact he’s thrown just four interceptions. Rivers is protecting the ball.

The difference you see this year is Rivers seems laser focused. His decision making is terrific and he’s not out there over-extending and trying to do too much, something that has plagued him in his career.

In this version of Rivers, you see a grizzled veteran who trusts his teammates completely. He’s been in big games and he’s made big plays, yet he’s never been to the big game. This season, the Chargers have the complete recipe to be in the Super Bowl and it seems evident that, perhaps for the first time, Rivers is fully aware of that.

He’s thankful for the team he plays for and that team and its fans are certainly thankful that No.17 plays for them.

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