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Nov. 25: Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
The measureables: 6-5, 228 pounds, 9th season.
The numbers: 366 of 582 completions (62.9 percent), 4,624 yards, 27 TDs, 20 INTs, 88.7 rating in 2011.
Against the Ravens: (2-2), 80 of 125 completions (64 percent), 1,100 yards, 7 TDs, 3 INTs, 100.7 rating .
The challenge: Rivers has quickly buried memories of another Chargers passer, Ryan Leaf, who was the previous quarterback the organization had drafted in the first round. Rivers prototypical size and powerful arm has earned him four Pro Bowl invitations, and under Rivers as a starter, San Diego has never finished a season with a sub-.500 record. Rivers tolerance for pain was on display in the 2007 AFC championship loss to the Patriots when he played on a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Rivers penchant for spouting off to opponents has earned him some enemies, but theres no denying that he is a lethal opponent.
The quote: Hes a hell of a competitor. You can see the passion that he plays with. I know a couple of guys in San Diego, and they say they love playing for him. His resume speaks for itself. Hes been a Pro Bowl quarterback, and hes chasing that Super Bowl. When I was in Oakland, we always knew that we had to be prepared because Philip is a hell of a quarterback. Ravens inside linebacker Ricky Brown who has played against Rivers in 10 games as a member of the Oakland Raiders.
August 18, 2012