San Diego played a Buffalo defense led by Fletcher in 2006. Rivers and the Chargers won that game, 24-21. The two faced off again in 2009 during Fletcher’s first season with Washington, and San Diego took home a victory in that one as well, 23-20.
Still, at 38 years old, Fletcher has the experience to match wits with a savvy veteran like Rivers. Further, what makes Fletcher so impressive is he’s played in 247 consecutive games at a physically demanding position like middle linebacker, the longest active streak in the NFL.
Fletcher played at John Carroll University, the same school Chargers general manager Tom Telesco played receiver at from 1991 to 1994.
“Obviously, we know he’s a smart, veteran player,” Rivers said. “He’s played a long time. So there certainly things, obviously, you know he can check in and out of as well. So there’s always a little cat-and-mouse game in every game. Some teams you play with a veteran leading that linebacker group, there can be a little more of it.”
Fletcher has 52 tackles this season for Washington. And he faced Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos last week, so Fletcher should be ready for San Diego’s up-tempo, no-huddle attack.
“I think at some point you have to just trust what you see and go,” Rivers said. “You can’t get too caught up in what they’re saying.
“Obviously they dealt with it at the highest level last week. They can’t get too caught up in what Peyton’s saying. Obviously, when you’re in Denver you hear everything he says. At some point you have to snap the ball and play the call.”
Rivers said wife Tiffany gave birth to the couple’s seventh child at about 5:45 a.m. Monday morning. River said both his wife and his newest child are healthy. His daughter weighed in at 7 1/2 pounds, and was 21 inches long.
“No name yet,” Rivers said. “We need a little time for that -- to see what she looks like. You always look kind of like your name. So we’ll get that ironed out here soon. But everything’s good.”