Found November 02, 2013 on Football Nation:
The NFL is known by many coaches, players, and fans, as “The Not For Long league”. The NFL is the most unpredictable and exciting league in the world.  Fans and media will often make snap judgments on players and teams each week. As a fan of the NFL for 20 years, I want to give fans some insight on the best matchups each week of the NFL season.This article will highlight, preview, and predict, key player matchups and must see NFL games.Fans who read this article will gain insight on the big games and matchups that affect the NFL, as well as fantasy football.Matchup No. 4 - QB Philip Rivers vs. Washington Redskins’ defense: This offseason the Chargers hired a new head coach, Mike McCoy, and many thought it would be a major rebuilding year for the Chargers. Rivers’ performance has far exceeded my expectations coming into this season.Former standout tight end Antonio Gates looked finished and former No. 1 wide receiver Vincent Jackson is long gone to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Currently ...

Why the San Diego Chargers aren’t ready for the playoffs

Fresh off a loss from the Washington Redskins, the San Diego Chargers are now sitting with a .500 win percentage, tied for 7th in the AFC.  If the season ended today, the Chargers would not be a playoff team, and the truth is they probably shouldn’t be.  Here are three major reasons why the Bolts are still not of playoff caliber. Secondary (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) The Charger...

Philip Rivers during overtime coin toss: ‘Tails never fails’

Chargers' QB can't miss; Redskins' RG3 looks human

If Philip Rivers' passing stats look familiar, it's because they used to belong to Robert Griffin III. At least it looks that way. Nothing Rivers throws seems to hit the ground or find the wrong-colored jersey. He leads the NFL in completion percentage, hitting 73.9 percent anchoring the offense installed by new coach Mike McCoy. Rivers has 15 touchdowns and five interceptions...

Chargers - Redskins Collaborative Preview

1. Philip Rivers is having a career year, what's been the difference in 2013?The new scheme, easily. Last year the Chargers ran a scheme that was mainly 5 & 7 step drops and relied on Rivers throwing the ball downfield. This year, Rivers is in total control of the offense, he's checking to different plays at the line of scrimmage, all the passes are short, quick hitters...

The Chargers could round out a trio of AFC West teams in the playoffs

It’s rare for a division in the NFL to push three teams into the playoffs. Usually, the top two teams in any given division beat up on the bottom two enough to put those unfortunate teams out of the running in the playoffs, but occasionally, it does happen. Right now, the strongest division in football is unquestionably the AFC West. The Raiders, the division’s worst performer...

Pereira breaks down NFL Week 9 calls

Blame it on the sun. Blame it on Obama. Blame it on the economy. In reality, however, there's nobody to blame it on but the side judge in the San Diego-Washington game. Here was the situation: San Diego had the ball, first-and-10 at the Washington 33-yard line with 1:27 left in the second quarter. The score was tied 7-7. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed a short...

The Midseason Quarterback Rankings, Part 3

Click here for Part 1 and Part 2. 9. Philip Rivers Philip Rivers is back in the top group? Great! I missed old Philip Rivers. The guy who once compared favorably to Peyton Manning has spent the past few years vacillating between national whipping boy, Norv’s excuse, and angry child. Like Michael Vick, he was in danger of watching his legacy get engulfed by a few bad years rather...

Redskins prevail 30-24 over Chargers in OT

Redskins blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but they came back to beat the Chargers in overtime 30-24. After a late Chargers field goal tied the game at 24, the Redskins took the overtime kickoff and drove 79 yards for to a four-yard Darrel Young touchdown run, his third of the game. The Redskins tried to put together a game-clinching drive starting with about four minutes...
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