Philip Rivers quietly having an MVP-caliber season

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If a quarterback is on pace to throw 38 touchdown passes and six interceptions, finish the season with a 116.5 passer rating and lead his team to a 12-4 record, then he has to be the MVP favorite, right?

Not when that quarterback is Philip Rivers, who is having the best year of his career with the Chargers but isn’t really a factor in the MVP discussions. According to OddsShark, the overwhelming favorite to win the Most Valuable Player award is Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who is at -150 odds, followed by Drew Brees at +300 and Todd Gurley at +400. Rivers is way down there at +2000, making him an extreme long shot.

The biggest problem for Rivers is that he plays in the same division as Mahomes, who has set the world on fire this season. But Rivers has been close to Mahomes this season: Mahomes is on pace to throw more touchdown passes (52) than Rivers, but Mahomes is also on pace to throw more interceptions (12) than Rivers. Their passer ratings are virtually identical, with Mahomes at 116.7, less than one ratings point ahead of Rivers.

Mahomes and the Chiefs beat Rivers and the Chargers in Week One, and ever since then, Rivers and the Chargers have been playing catch-up. But as long as the Chargers can stay within one game in the loss column of the Chiefs, they’ll get a huge opportunity when the teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday, December 13. That game could be for the AFC West title, and it could be Rivers’ opportunity to state his case for the first MVP award of his career.

40 responses to “Philip Rivers quietly having an MVP-caliber season

  1. Seems like every year about this time, we are talking about how great the chargers are playing. Then, they go into arrowhead and get wiped. And hey guys, that was when Alex was at qb.

  2. MVP like most other “awards” is really just a popularity contest among QBs and which media members loves whom. Rivers has never and will never be a popular QB. It’s always Brady, Rodgers, Manning, Brees and a couple hot shot QBs or long odds RBs. Most of the time it’s one of the first 4. Every once in a while someone else will get it, and likely this year, barring a collapse it’s Mahomes.

  3. Has he ever won a playoff game ,,,Iam being serious nothing jumps out at me ,,I know he likes to chirp a lot on the field of play !

  4. The same old tired” has he ever won a championship” stuff. Football is a team sport. Coaching and the players around you determine how many championships you win for the most part. Ask eLI …

  5. Spanos should give Rivers a raise…..but he won’t. Spanos current business model is a bust with few LA Charger fans. Only opposing team fan go to their “home” games. Spanos has “crashed” ticket prices in the new Kroenke stadium he will be renting to play LA Charger games there. Despite Rivers great playing and a winning team the ‘relocation’ is a complete failure.

  6. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    November 10, 2018 at 11:26 am
    Charger fans should be happy they had him over Eli these past 15 years

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    And how many SB MVP’s does Eli have? You just don’t know how any of this plays out with ‘what ifs’. It did play out that the Giants have 2 SB wins and the Chargers have zero.

    PS:
    At the time, I didn’t like the trade up for Manning. I wanted Ben. Ben will be in the HOF. Rivers should be in the HOF and Eli is borderline but probably not.

  7. Without him since he got there they’d have been like the Bills or worse the whole time. They should give him a career award. But MVP awards are a joke – look at the 5 given to Peyton Manning, in 3 of those (2003, 2008, 2009) his stats were nothing special (29, 27, 33 TDs, passer ratings under 100 in all 3) and yet he got it because of the same argument of carrying a team. Sorry Philip but you have the wrong surname.

  8. Rivers has been the best on that team for many years only now they have a semblance of a running game and defense, plus the O line has been more solid. Without him the Chargers would be nowhere proving how valuable he really is.

  9. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    November 10, 2018 at 11:26 am
    Charger fans should be happy they had him over Eli these past 15 years.

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    As a Dolphins fan I would have been happy with Eli over the parade of incompetents we have been putting out there since Dan Marino retired. And we couldn’t even win a championship with him.

  10. backintheday99 says:
    November 10, 2018 at 11:45 am
    TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    November 10, 2018 at 11:26 am
    Charger fans should be happy they had him over Eli these past 15 years

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    And how many SB MVP’s does Eli have? You just don’t know how any of this plays out with ‘what ifs’. It did play out that the Giants have 2 SB wins and the Chargers have zero.

    PS:
    At the time, I didn’t like the trade up for Manning. I wanted Ben. Ben will be in the HOF. Rivers should be in the HOF and Eli is borderline but probably not.

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    How is Eli “probably not”? I’m sure as heck no Giants fan, and Eli has been downright awful the past couple seasons. But he’ll get in based on his longevity, games started streak, and 2-0 super bowl records, alone. That’s what the voters will look at. He’s a shoe in. Not necessarily that he SHOULD be, but he is.

  11. Yeah, he’s having an MVP season because there’s absolutely no pressure on him to do so. Rodgers, Brady and Brees are all expected to have MVP calibre years and they pretty much always do so. But living and working in laid back SoCal, Rivers can either be great or a turnover m/c….nobody cares. If the Chargers ever happen to hit that rarefied air of playoff possibilities, he’ll fold like he’s always done.

  12. He’s good. Can we stop there though until he actually wins some important games. The guy is always down 7 in his biggest contests, frantically trying to win last second. His demeanor has something to do with why the Chargers are always close but don’t quite get it done.

    Stafford puts up big numbers too…..

  13. Good guy and will likely retire with top 10 numbers across the board. but wait until he plays big in a huge game before you start throwing mvp out there

    Chargers likely make the playoffs as a wild card and will go to Houston or Pittsburgh and lay an egg Thankfully the Nfl won’t have to broadcast a playoff game from the soccer stadium full of the road teams fans.

  14. As a rival fan, there’s no doubt in my mind that Rivers’ career is good enough to merit induction into the HOF.

    However the Chargers squandered Rivers’ prime years after Schottenheimer was fired after that 14-2 season. I’m thinking especially of the wasted years under that inept moron “Norv” Turner.

  15. The thing is, currently although he’s playing great football I think Mahomes is arguably playing at an even higher level, how can you win the MVP if you’re not the best QB in your own division?

  16. The Wolfman says:
    November 10, 2018 at 11:22 am
    Oh….in 2007 he won a wildcard game. He sucks…
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    I’ve never been a big fan of Rivers. That being said, he’s more likely than not ending up in the HOF. That’s where he’s trending. HOF QBs don’t suck. Even players that just miss the HOF year after year don’t suck.

    Like I said, I’m not a fan of his. Yet, I like it when great players play great.

  17. Rivers has accepted his lot in life: MVP with no trophy to show for it. He needs some controversy in his life so people will pay attention. I might suggest a DUI or a cheating scandal or something along those lines. Nice guys finish last.

  18. Not to knock on the Chargers, but Phillip Rivers playing at such high level for so long is that much more impressive also being a Charger.

    The decade-plus of inept ownership, head-coaching carousel, front-office comedy…and that’s BEFORE moving to LA to be second-fiddle franchise to a half-empty stadium.

    And through it all over the years Rivers (and his wingman Antonio Gates don’t forget) haven’t missed a beat or lost a step. What other bottom-dweller franchise has gotten such a good run from a QB ever?

  19. Except he’s having the 2nd best season as a QB in the AFC West, playing for the 2nd best team in the AFC West. And even if they beat KC and KC blows the division, Bress and Gurley are obvious candidates. Maybe Goff, too. And Brady is killing it again despite all the offensive injuries in NE. Big Ben on pace for 5200 yards despite all the drama in Pitt, etc.

    He’s a very good QB having a very good year. Can he be singularly identified as THE Most Valuable Player? Eh…

  20. Wouldn’t it be ironic if they met the Saints in the Super Bowl considering that Brees left there so Rivers could start? It definitely could happen and is a matchup being overlooked mostly because people don’t realize that the Chargers have only lost to the Rams and the Chiefs.

  21. First ballot HOF QB. When it’s all said and done, he’ll prob stop at 5th all-time in passing TDs, ahead of Marino….and staying ahead of his two draft mates: Ben and Eli.

  22. This team is flying under the radar and they are very good. We’ll find out just how good when they travel to Pittsburgh, a team that has found their stride, on Dec. 2. I’m sure that 1 pm kickoff time will get flexed out.

  23. upnorthvikesfan says:
    November 10, 2018 at 12:25 pm
    Massively underrated QB for his entire career. Just imagine what he could have done with a good team around him over the years.

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    Rivers has absolutely been terribly underrated his entire career, 100%. But to say he never had talent around him? That’s just just crazy talk. LT, Gates, Jackson, Floyd, Dielman, Hardwick, Merriman, Weddle, Phillips etc etc etc. San Diego had some LOADED teams but could never close the deal.

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