Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
Our AFC West “you pick it” winner this week was San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers beating Eli Manning and the New York Giants on Sunday in the final seconds. It was the first head-to-head meeting between the two players since the 2004 draft-day trade in which they were the centerpiece.
After agreeing with the choices of the readers for several weeks, I have to stray this week. I think the story of the week was Johnson being cut. His release ends a long saga in Kansas City. It’s a big deal. The Rivers story was terrific and it was big, but Johnson getting released when he was 75 yards away from becoming the team’s all-time leading rusher is huge news.
But this is your feature and you win. So it’s the Rivers’ story. Below are some of your responses. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Ed from Napa, Calif.: Rivers beats Eli Manning! Some people say the Manning brothers are the best quarterbacks in the NFL, yet Rivers continually beats them. Rivers is better ... end of story!
Rob from Houston, Texas: Rivers beats Manning: Rivers showed why he is the best QB in his draft class. What has not been said is that he may be the salvation of Norv Turner's tenure as Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers. He demonstrates the leadership and confidence needed on a winning team. Go Chargers!!!
Jerome from Ankeny, Iowa: Chiefs cut Larry Johnson. Although it happened much to late. They should have cut him before the season started so they didn't have to pay him any of his salary. That guy is nothing but trouble. He didn't deserve to break Priest Holmes record and I'm glad that now he won't.
Tommy from San Diego: Rivers is the story of the week. Him overshadowing Eli Manning was awesome and it was a big deal for all Chargers fans.
AJ from Long Beach, Calif.: Rivers over G-men takes it. The KC/Johnson divorce was immenent, and Ty Law made NO impact on the Denver/Pit game. Law, at times, was running around frazzled and bewildered. The stage was set perfectly on sunday to end the debate between the Manning/Rivers debate on who is a better QB. Ok, so it won't be over anytime soon, and yes, Eli has the ring, but he also had 3 opportunities to put the chargers away in the 4th qtr and he couldn't. Rivers got his opportunity in the last two minutes to come from behind and he showed his stuff. That was a great drive orcestrated by rivers showing faith in his receivers who had been droping balls all day. The debate may not be over, but after that performance, i know which quarterback i want to have the ball when the game is on the line. Great game PR. SuperChargers are coming back!