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Quarterback Philip Rivers is the heart and soul of the San Diego Chargers. It goes without saying, if the team did not have Rivers calling the shots on offense, the Bolts would be a bottom-dweller in the NFL.

The 33-year-old entered Sunday’s game with an ominous streak that no quarterback would like to have on his record; nine straight games in which he threw an interception. The streak began during Week 12 the 2014 season.

That streak ended as Rivers finished the Week 4 game without turning it over through the air.

Although it is fair to say that the streak was nowhere to be found on the signal caller’s radar during the Week 4 victory over the Browns, you can bet he was happy to hear the news after the game.

Rivers was masterful on Sunday behind a patchwork offensive line and limited options at the wide receiver spot due to injuries. The quarterback completed 23 of 38 passes for 358 yards and three touchdown passes. His scoring throws went to three different receivers (Keenan Allen, Ladarius Green and John Phillips).

Sunday’s win over the Browns was far from pretty. But the bottom line remains that the only stat that matters is the final score of the game.

Rivers currently leads the NFL with 1,248 yards passing. Considering the multiple combinations of offensive lineman that he has had as protectors, that is very impressive. Add in that the Chargers’ running game has yet to really take off, the 12-year veteran has put the team’s offense on his back, despite not having his favorite target.

Speaking of his favorite target, Week 4 marked the final game in which the team would be without tight end Antonio Gates. No one is happier about the return of the future Hall of Famer than Rivers. Adding Gates back into the receiving equation should only increase the statistics of Rivers, providing him with that much-need safety valve in addition to Danny Woodhead.

Similar to his start to the 2014 season, Rivers’ name should be sneaking into the early MVP conversations across the league.

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

Booga Peters

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