Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Morning Links: An efficient Philip Rivers
By Eric D. Williams
SAN DIEGO -- Good morning. ESPN’s Kevin Seifert highlights San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers’ efficiency in his quarterback report for Week 16. Seifert: “Rivers completed 17 of 21 passes that traveled 10 yards or fewer downfield, increasing his completion percentage on such throws to an NFL-high 75.3 this season. It's the major reason why Rivers leads the NFL with a 69.7 completion percentage on all throws.”
In this ESPN Insider piece , ESPN’s Mike Sando ranks San Diego’s game against Kansas City in the top 10 contests in the final week of the season.
Sando: “The Chiefs are locked in as the fifth seed and are looking like a one-and-done team, even in a shaky AFC. Their issues extend beyond quarterback Alex Smith, but Smith's splits provide a compelling illustration. Smith has a 3-3 starting record with six touchdowns and four interceptions against teams that had .500 or better records at kickoff. He's 7-1 with 15 touchdowns and four picks against teams that had losing records. That included no touchdowns, two picks and four sacks Sunday. The Chargers can clinch the sixth seed with a victory, but only if the Ravens and Dolphins also lose. Dallas gets a disproportionate amount of attention for its frequent 8-8 finishes, but the Chargers aren't far behind them. They were 8-8 in 2011 and lost a tiebreaker for the AFC West title. They're 8-7 now and on the bubble. A Chargers victory and a Cowboys defeat in Week 17 would leave both teams at 24-24 over the past three seasons.”