Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) scrambles away from pressure during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Just a few years ago, Philip Rivers was in the discussion when people talked about the “elite” quarter backs in the NFL, but for the last 2 years, the hype that Rivers seemed to receive wasn’t quite matching up to the production on the field (53 TDs and 55 Turnovers). This year, however, Rivers is back amongst the top QBs in the league. With 3,381 yards, 22 TDs and only 8 INTs (0 fumbles), Rivers is on pace for his best season (statistically anyways).
Andy Dalton, on the other hand, is on pace for his most yards (4,297) and TDs (31) of his career, but he is also on pace for his most interceptions (22) and overall turnovers (28) as well. In their last 3 games, Rivers has 5 TDs and 1 INT. Dalton has 5 TD and 8 INTS. I would like to say otherwise, but Rivers is the better QB at this point in 2013.
When it comes to protecting the quarter back, both lines do a very good job. The Chargers have given up just 20 sacks in 11 games (4th best) compared to the Bengals 26 (9th). In the run game, neither team excels: the Chargers rank 17th in rushing ypg (110.8) while the Bengals come in at 20th (107.9). Though I don’t see this as a huge advantage, the Chargers are more consistent across the board and the 2 game stretch where the Bengals gave up 10 sacks (Mia and Balt) is still very fresh in my mind.