Chargers: Another season of Rivers football
Philip Rivers was taken fourth overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He made his first start on September 11, 2006 in a 27-0 shutout of the Oakland Raiders, and hasn’t missed a game since. Rivers’ streak of 192 consecutive regular season games is the NFL’s longest active streak.
He led the 2018 Chargers to a 12-4 overall record, tossing for 4,308 yards and 32 touchdowns with a 105.5 passer rating. The eight-time Pro Bowler fell to a familiar playoff foe in Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
New England handed the Chargers a 41-28 AFC Divisional loss, dropping Rivers’ playoff mark to 0-3 against the Patriots and 0-7 versus Brady all-time. Rivers boasts a 118-90 career record (57 percent) and is 4-5 in the playoffs.
There’s no doubt the Bolts pose a major threat to ending New England’s dynasty in 2019, especially with Brady reaching age 41. Someone else has to win the AFC eventually, right? Kansas City also enters 2019 as challengers to take down New England, but the Chargers core has been together longer.
Patrick Mahomes projects to have another historic season, but Rivers is poised for a major breakthrough. If the Chargers finally get over the hump in 2019, it’ll happen because of Rivers’ leadership.
In his Xtra 1360 interview, Rivers placed little importance on his contract situation. He stated that he feels “at peace” entering the season without an extension and is focused on prioritizing team success in 2019, should the two sides not begin any talks in the immediate future.