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Chargers QB Philip Rivers readies to throw in Week 5 against the Saints
Philip Rivers hasn’t been the best decision maker for his team over the last two seasons, especially late in the game.
In their last game against Denver, Rivers threw a couple of very poor passes to his receivers that resulted in interceptions.
In one play Rivers threw the ball downfield, intending to connect with Robert Meachem, but Denver corner Tony Carter read Meachem’s route easily and intercepted.
Later in the quarter, Rivers dropped back in the pocket and threw short to Eddie Royal, but that too was easily intercepted and run in for a TD by Chris Harris.
Rivers had six turnovers in the game. He threw four interceptions, three of which came in the fourth quarter, and lost two fumbles.
He’s thrown nine interceptions this season and just 10 touchdown passes. And only two of those 10 TD passes have come in the second half of games this season.
His nine season interceptions ties him for second with four other NFL quarterbacks for most interceptions this season.
But this, like so many of the Chargers’ problems, is nothing new. Rivers had 20 interceptions last year, which was third-worst in the league.
If he wants his team to win, Rivers needs to be a better decision maker and a better overall leader. That includes being able to take over at the end of games, which he has not been able to do as of late.