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Break down of division leaders - Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. Concudan

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    Week 6 Wrap-up: Heavy Is the Head

    7. San Diego Chargers (5-1), AFC West
    You didn’t have Chargers-Raiders down to be one of your most competitive, entertaining games of the day? OK, me neither. The Raiders delivered their best performance of the year, with Derek Carr showing promising signs he might be a quarterback to build around, against what had been one of the league’s best pass defenses.

    How did he do it? Well, he relied on one of the few things the Raiders have that the Chargers don’t on the other side of the football: height. The Chargers have put together an impressive secondary, especially given how bad their back four was for most of last season, but it’s a small group. Nobody in the regular rotation is taller than 5-foot-11, with resurgent starter Brandon Flowers and impressive rookie Jason Verrett at 5-9. Carr, meanwhile, threw 20 of his 34 passes to a trio of tall wideouts in 6-1 James Jones, 6-3 Brice Butler, and massive 6-4 project Andre Holmes.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean Carr was throwing up lobs and looking like he was Josh McCown with the Bears in 2013; he did get one great catch on a fade from Holmes up the sideline past Verrett, but mostly, those receivers used their size and strides to separate, and Carr hit them with catchable passes in time. He finished 18-of-34 for 282 yards with four touchdowns and a pick (by Verrett on a bomb on Oakland’s final drive), and he would have had even better numbers without drops. San Diego knocked eight of his passes away, but didn’t sack or even knock down Carr once.

    Of course, even if the Chargers defense puts up a stinker, the worst-case scenario for San Diego is that it’s in a shootout with Philip Rivers on its side, and that’s going to be hard to beat. Rivers continued his MVP-caliber campaign by leading four drives of 60 yards or more, and when the Raiders finally gave him a short field after a long Keenan Allen punt return in the fourth quarter, Rivers delivered a 39-yard drive to score the game-winning touchdown.

    He has a 117.6 passer rating through six games, the 10th-best figure through six games since 1960. Five of the nine guys who posted a better passer rating in their first six games won league MVP, and it’s a list that includes some of the NFL’s most memorable seasons by a quarterback:

    “It’s so ******’ easy!” celebration from Sunday, but lack of height is a potential problem the Raiders exposed.
     
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    They go on to discuss all the leaders and well as list the QBs with the ratings Rivers has or better and how many won MVP.
     

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