Re: Philip Rivers
posted at 1/5/2014 5:51 PM EST
In response to mthurl's comment:
Just won a playoff game on the road without having to throw (or complete) a single pass a high school quarterback couldn't of made. He was 12 of 16 for 118 yards, 1 td.
Meanwhile here in Patriot land rusty claims Brady "craps down his leg during the post season". In other quarterback news Dalton couldn't hit the broad side of a barn despite having tall, fast and young weapons to work with, Brees didn't have to do a thing to win his game, Luck threw three picks last night and Foles did nothing.
Explain to me again how a quarterback like Rivers is asked to do nothing during a playoff game and win it by 17 points on the road, yet Brady can stand on his head and get no respect? It's very confusing around here - the rest of the country thinks Brady is ok...I do, but why not here in rusty land?
Rivers, the team's only recognizable name, the team's only superstar, was not asked to do too much.
There you go. I do not side with Rusty all the time, but on this one I will. So per Babe's post, I am an imbecile. I hope that does not stop people on these boards from reading what I have to say.
Here are some game facts:
Cincinnati scored 10 pts. Only 3 less than they scored vs the Pats. Really NEP D's output was practically the same as SD's defensive output today.
Cincinnati ran the ball 40 times!!! They threw the ball 16 times.
Rivers was perceived their best weapon going into this game. How can they win without letting throw much?
Some will argue, SD forced 4 turnovers. BS. I counter that SD scored two field goals off drives that immmeidately followed those turnovers - good for 6 points. 21 points were off drives that did not follow turnovers.
Pregame facts. SD's average ypc was 4.0 in the reg season (NEP had 4.4). Their lead back has been so bad, SD fans have been questioning whether their lead back should be labeled a bust when the season started. In the reg season, Matthews had an average of 4.4. And yes, he fumbles too. Their back up was the same backup that NEP had a year ago.
Blount averages 5.0. Ridley averages 4.3.
From those facts, I come up with the opininon that NEP has a better RB crew than SD's. IMO.
SD's ypc at the half was below 4.0. I believe it was 3.8.
In the first half, they ran the ball no more than 20 times, including Rivers' scrambles. On roughly 10 of those runs, SD got no more than 3 yards.
That did not stop them from running in the second half. By end of the game, they averaged 4.9.
The long run was a whopping 58!!! That means they averaged 3.53 over the 39 other runs throughout the game.
So tell me... How did Rivers beat Cinci. My answer is that he did not.
On Hurl's claim that TB does not have the luxury to let the rest of the offense play. My response: SDC decided they had the luxury to let the rest of the team play, with less than what the rest of the Pats can offer.
Look, I do believe TB is the GOAT. I just don't believe making him do everything is the formula that will lead this team to its next SB win.
For those who might claim NEP's D is not as good as SD's, I'll save you the effort. On yards, NEP is ranked 26th, SD 23rd. On pts per game, NEP is 10th, SD is 11th. Practically no difference.
So, here's my question for everyone else... How did SDC manage to score 27 pts on a good run D like Cinci, on day when the weather was not a factor; while NEP could only score 6 on a bad weather day?