Philip Rivers is garnering quite a bit of attention due to his play during the first four weeks of the 2014 season. The national media is talking about Rivers a lot. It is great to see him in the spotlight and receiving recognition for his ability to play quarterback.
One of those media members singing Philip’s praises is Peter King of Sports Illustrated and SI.com. Here’s what he had to say in his latest article regarding the early stages of the NFL’s MVP race.
1. Philip Rivers, quarterback, San Diego. He just keeps getting better. Building on last year’s 5% improvement in completion percentage—stunning for a 10-year vet—Rivers came back after a one-point loss to unbeaten Arizona to strafe three straight foes, most impressively leading the Chargers to 30 points in a Week 2 win over Seattle. The thing you notice about Rivers now is that his confidence isn’t getting him in trouble the way it did under Norv Turner—he’s forcing very few passes. He’s a 74.5% passer during the three-game streak, with no interceptions.
When looking at his numbers, it can easily be justified that Philip Rivers is leading the MVP race. He’s thrown for 1,155 yards and 9 touchdowns. His lone interception was thrown in week one on a play where Eddie Royal stopped on a crossing route. He is currently sitting with a completion percentage of 70.1%. Rivers has been highly efficient and he is running the Charger offense with precision and accuracy.
There are plenty of games left to play. If Philip can continue this type of torrid pace via his stats, then perhaps he will win the league’s MVP award. If that were to happen, the chances are pretty strong that the Bolts may make a deep run into the playoffs and end their season in Glendale, Arizona.