With Eli Manning’s benching, Philip Rivers will have the NFL’s longest consecutive starts streak

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The second-longest consecutive starts streak for a quarterback in NFL history will end on Sunday when Geno Smith, not Eli Manning, starts for the Giants. That leaves Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers with the league’s longest active streak of consecutive starts.

Rivers has started 187 consecutive games, which is the fourth-longest streak in NFL history behind Brett Favre’s 297, Eli Manning’s 210 and Peyton Manning’s 208. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has started 126 games in a row, which is the fifth-longest streak in NFL history.

The only other quarterback with an active streak over 100 games is Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, who has started 107 games in a row. Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who has started all 91 games of his career, is next among active quarterbacks.

The 35-year-old Rivers will need to finish this season and play all of next season before he could pass Eli Manning in early 2019. Rivers almost certainly won’t catch Favre, whose 90-game lead over Rivers represents more than six full 16-game seasons. But Rivers does have a shot at passing the Manning brothers and having the second-longest streak in NFL history.

Rivers and Manning have seen their careers connected when they were traded for each other on the day they were drafted in 2004. Now they have one more connection, as Rivers has inherited Manning’s title as the iron man of NFL quarterbacks.

22 responses to “With Eli Manning’s benching, Philip Rivers will have the NFL’s longest consecutive starts streak

  1. No one will ever surpass the Favre record. It is still very impressive, however, for any player to play that long without missing a game because football is very violent sport and qb touches the ball on every play.

  2. Here’s one connection they don’t have, I don’t recall Rivers trying to sell fake game worn jerseys. How’s that investigation coming along Roger?

  3. Often overlooked is Brady’s the only QB with 2 streaks of 100+ games – both in the all-time top 10.

  4. A lot of Eli’s starts where in the playoffs and Super Bowls ,,,,Rivers,,,,,,,not so much !

  5. streetyson says:

    November 29, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Often overlooked is Brady’s the only QB with 2 streaks of 100+ games – both in the all-time top 10.

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    Yes, let’s not miss any opportunity to mention Brady.

  6. So what!? Rivers should have benched a couple of seasons ago. He will still throw the Chargers out of playoff contention.

  7. Great QB, YES. Great Leader, YES. Great man and tough, YES. He is the iron man, but they better hammer Cleveland fast and hard on Sunday. The Brown beat the Chargers last year. Their only win in two seasons.

  8. Rivers is like the girl who gets a few drinks in her, gets all friendly and when you get her home she pukes all over your shoes…and hers…

  9. Not sure the hate with Rivers. Not elite like Brady, AR – but pretty damn solid. Poor playoff performances, 2013 withstanding. Big problem for the Chargers over the years, too many bad starts to a season.

  10. Twitter tweeters are having a field day with lil’ Bro Manning’s benching.
    Big Bro Manning was dumped outta Indy. It’s simply time.
    No way Brady will ever be dumped outta New England, though, right?

  11. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    November 29, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    A lot of Eli’s starts where in the playoffs and Super Bowls ,,,,Rivers,,,,,,,not so much !
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    Postseason games:

    Manning – 12
    Rivers – 9

    So much for that.

  12. enemabrownenemabrown says:
    November 29, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    A lot of Eli’s starts where in the playoffs and Super Bowls ,,,,Rivers,,,,,,,not so much !
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    We have very different definitions of ‘a lot’ lol. Eli has made it to the playoffs all of 1 more time and played 3 whole playoff games more than Rivers. Neither of the (dis)organizations they played for surrounded either of them with teams worthy of their talent.

  13. The way they protect qb’s these days you woukd think all the qb streaks will be passed eventually. But honestly no one can surpass Jim “he’s running the wrong way” Marshall. That dude played when people could kill each other and not get flagged and he played in like 3 different decades never missing a game.

  14. rivers will never catch E-lie’s 222 picks. rivers way behind at only166 in same number of years. then there’s big brother with 251 and since you asked to mention brady , way behind even rivers.

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