San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for four touchdowns in Monday night's Chargers win over the Denver Broncos, a victory that put San Diego a game back of division-leading Kansas City. The Chargers next take on Indianapolis on Sunday night.
Rivers will surely focus on trying to get his team to the postseason, but there is something else on the line for the young quarterback: After Monday's action, he is almost exactly on pace to break Dan Marino's all-time record of 5,084 passing yards in a season, set in 1984.
Rivers has had only 528 yards passing in the past two games, and has attempted only 47 passes in that span. Still, he has a very real chance to break the record.
Will he do it? It's impossible to say for certain, of course, but there are certain reasons for hope. Here are 10 of them.