Justin Herbert and the 5 best quarterback seasons in Chargers history
By Jason Reed
Greatest seasons by a Chargers quarterback: 2. Philip Rivers, 2018
The 2018 season was so fun. The Chargers won so many close games that they typically lose and gave us fans the best season the team has had since the LT days back in the mid-to-late 2000s. A big reason for the team’s success was a dang good season by Philip Rivers.
Rivers was legitimately the third horse in an MVP race that included Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees. Mahomes was obviously always going to win, but Rivers was undoubtedly the third-best quarterback in the league that season and he had the narrative.
This was Rivers’ second-most efficient season of his career (and the second-most efficient season by any Chargers quarterback). He completed 68.31% of his passes with 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
This was the third-best season of Rivers’ career in terms of wins and the team made it to the AFC Divisional Round after a statement win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card Round. Unfortunately, the Chargers were severely outcoached and Gus Bradley’s defense was exposed.
Rivers finished with 4,308 passing yards, which might not be the most impressive number, but he did what he had to do and put the Chargers in positions to win and was actually winning these close games.
Heck, Rivers was on pace for much more passing yards if he did not have a bad game against Baltimore in Week 16 and then a quiet game in a relatively pointless Week 17 game. He threw for a combined 307 yards in those two games. He easily could have finished above 4,500 yards.