Granted, Rivers is being asked to play with one hand tied behind his back with the paired-down, college-style playbook that Turner likes to run during the first half of every season. True, he was under tremendous pressure from the Kansas City defense all night. The fact is, though, that Rivers three turnovers, along with the fumble by Mathews was the difference between winning and loosing.
That said, there's no reason to panic as far as No. 17 is concerned. When Turner opens up the playbook, in about two weeks from now, Rivers will look like an MVP candidate again, lighting it up during November and December for the fifth-straight season in a row.
Ultimately, though, Rivers knows as well as any that he failed to come through on his number one responsibility against the Chiefs on Monday night by not protecting the football.