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MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers greets Dan Marino on the sideline prior to the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Chargers at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers greets Dan Marino on the sideline prior to the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Chargers at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Chargers: First game ball

Let’s start with the star quarterback. Can we all take a moment and appreciate the mobility Rivers has shown so far this season? He already has 27 rushing yards this season, by far the most he’s had since the team has been in Los Angeles. While he didn’t gain any rushing yards on Sunday, he did continue to show off his excellent footwork in the pocket. Both of the touchdown catches by Pope and Ekeler were created by Rivers’ footwork and mobility in the pocket. The first one was a thing of beauty and it looked like we were watching a younger version of Rivers. He rolls left to avoid the sack and then flicks a perfectly timed pass to Pope, who was in a great position to make one move and score. Rivers has always been excellent at stepping up in the pocket and making the right throws, and the touchdown pass to Ekeler was no exception. He just has a great feel for how the pocket needs to be worked and then is great at getting it out to the right guy in the right position. He showed off in a big way on Sunday.

FINAL: Philip Rivers and the @Chargers get the win in Miami!#LACvsMIA pic.twitter.com/g0R4LcJyLO

— NFL (@NFL) September 29, 2019

Rivers finished off with a near perfect quarterback rating of 131.9 after he threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns while completing 24 of 30 passes. This game had shades of the Arizona game last year, as Rivers was slinging it all over the field in a very efficient manner. He was able to complete a pass to nine different players, something that should not go unnoticed amidst all the injuries. On the season the Chargers’ quarterback now has thrown for 1,254 yards and seven touchdowns with a 69 percent completion rate. At the quarter mark of the season, his numbers are on pace to be almost identical to what he accomplished last season, which is quite remarkable considering the circumstances surrounding his supporting cast. Through four games, it is clear that Rivers has been able to carry over his individual success from last season into this season.

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