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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
QB Watch: Chargers' Philip Rivers

By Bill Williamson

A weekly analysis of the San Diego Chargers' quarterback play.

Rivers
Rewind: Philip Rivers threw a game-tying interception in the fourth quarter of a 31-28 home loss to Houston on Monday night. The Chargers had a 28-7 lead in the third quarter, and Rivers and the Chargers’ offense had only 10 yards on their final five drives. But this was far from a bad overall game for Rivers. He threw four touchdown passes and was brilliant before the huge momentum shift. He was poised, and he was far from the mistake machine he had been the past two years.

Fast-forward: Rivers is seeing an unfamiliar foe. The Chargers are going to Philadelphia on Sunday; it is the first time the Chargers have faced the Eagles in four years. Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III gutted the Eagles in the second half on Monday night. There are passing yards to be had against Philadelphia.

McCoy effect: Even though it was a defeat, it seems like Rivers is getting a lot out of playing for new head coach Mike McCoy. Rivers looked more poised and comfortable. He wasn’t pressing Monday night as he often did in the final two years of the Norv Turner regime. It was a promising start to the Rivers-McCoy pairing.

Prediction: Rivers will go 21-of-36 with 273 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.