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5 things Los Angeles Chargers fans might say

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 06: Los Angeles Chargers fans during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 06, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 06: Los Angeles Chargers fans during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 06, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 09: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers congratulates Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers after the game on December 9, 2012, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. San Diego won the game 34-24. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 09: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers congratulates Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers after the game on December 9, 2012, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. San Diego won the game 34-24. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

“Rivers is better than Big Ben and Eli”

This is something you will hear from Chargers fans and at the absolute very least, it’s a good debate.

Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and Rivers rank at No. 6, No.7 and No. 8, respectively, on the league’s all-time passing yardage list. But because Roethlisberger is out with a season-ending elbow injury and Manning has been benched in favor of rookie Daniel Jones, Rivers should overtake them both by season’s end.

Rivers currently has more career touchdown passes than both and sits at No. 6 on the all-time list in that category.

The knock on Rivers, at least in this argument, is that Roethlisberger and Manning each have two Super Bowl rings. Rivers has yet to even play in one. That’s a pretty tough fact to overcome if you want to argue that Rivers is better.

But from a leadership standpoint, Rivers might be the guy you want. He is as competitive as any quarterback in the league and does everything you would want your guy to do. It’s easy to stand behind a guy like that.

How about Rivers’ durability? He has started every game since he took over as the team’s starter in 2006 and now, only Brett Favre has made more starts than Rivers in NFL history. He also has the best chance of the three at continuing his career as both Eli and Roethlisberger could be calling it a career soon.

Rivers still needs that elusive Super Bowl win and if he can get it, this argument might be a wrap. But even without that ring, he still has a strong claim as the best quarterback to come out of one of the best draft classes in history.

Many Chargers fans all believe they got the right guy.

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