With three starting offensive linemen inactive because of injuries and a fourth getting hurt during the game and replaced by a guy they signed Wednesday, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had every reason to run.
The fact he didn’t shows that Rivers is well on his way to becoming the Rivers of old.
The Chargers quarterback set a record in Sunday’s 30-21 win over the Cowboys, completing 35-of-42 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns. That 83.3 percent rate was the highest in league history for a quarterback who threw for at least 400 yards. He also completed 83.3 percent last week (a mere 20-of-24).
The key for Rivers is standing in the face of the rush that is certainly coming, and delivering anyway.
“I ain’t allowing myself to leave the pocket,” Rivers said, via Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego. “I’m just not going to do it, because nothing good usually happens. I have to stay in there, . . . and whatever happens, happens. If they get you, they get you.”
On Sunday, he was the one doing the getting, picking apart the Cowboys when he went up-tempo, and throwing darts while under pressure.