QB Watch: Chargers' Philip Rivers

September, 18, 2013
A weekly examination of the San Diego Chargers' quarterback play:

Rewind: Philip Rivers was brilliant in the Chargers' 33-30 win at Philadelphia on Sunday. Rivers was 36-of-47 for 419 yards and three touchdowns. His Total QBR was 93.5 -- the highest in the league in Week 2. After two weeks, Rivers looks primed for a bounce-back season.

Fast-forward: A confident Rivers is headed to Tennessee. The Titans defense can be passed on. Houston came back and beat the Titans in Week 2 as Matt Schaub threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Expect Rivers to test the Titans by being aggressive early.

Connecting with Royal: Rivers has been famous during his career for making due despite less-than-great receiving options. The Chargers are thin at receiver again, but Rivers is making it happen. His favorite target has been Eddie Royal, who has five touchdown catches in two games. Rivers completely trusts Royal. With Malcom Floyd sidelined with a neck injury, expect Royal to be Rivers’ go-to guy at Tennessee.

Prediction: Rivers will complete 27 of 43 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter



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