Philip Rivers did nothing today to back up the argument that he is at the elite level where Tom Brady plays. Don't get me wrong, I really like Rivers and I think he is a very good quarterback. BUT, the simple fact is that two of his worst games in the last two years were against the Patriots. He makes bad decisions, lacks accuracy at times and fails to find ways to get the ball in the end zone as often as his counterpart.
Yes, Rivers threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns. That is nice, but he also threw for two interceptions. The first pick was a miraculous catch by the Patriots' pleasantly plump defensive tackle, Vince Wilfork. Somehow, Wilfork stuck out his big paw and batted the ball out of the air and caught it like a cat would knock a bird out of the air.
Rivers' second pick came shortly after when he attempted to throw a 15-yard out pattern with nothing but his arm. There was pressure in the pocket which kept Rivers from being able to step into his throw. Instead of checking down, or even taking the sack, Rivers decided he arm was strong enough to throw the out. It wasn't.
Malcom Floyd had a great start to the game with two big first-down catches flying high over the defender. Then he proved that his talented hands are attached to his brittle body. He hurt his groin and was out for the game. The sad thing about that play was it came minutes after this conversation between my daughter and I:
My daughter: "I just love Malcom Floyd!"
Me: "He's talented, but he gets hurt too often."
Well there you go.
Vincent Jackson had an outstanding day. He ended up with 10 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns. That will do! Hopefully, Chargers GM A.J. Smith was watching this game.
Finally, for the second week in a row, dump passes and swing passes to Tolbert and Matthews were quite effective and I think we can expect to see many more passes just like those in the future. At least I hope so.