Super-Charged: Rivers is among the elite

The broadcast booth is arguably the best seat in any stadium around the NFL. My view from the booth at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday provided me a unique vantage point for an interesting performance by San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

Rivers certainly had his way with a Browns defense that was playing with only two starters from their opening day roster — CB Eric Wright and LB Kamerion Wimbley. Instead of showing mercy, or taking a slow and conservative approach to dissect the 1-10 Browns, Rivers wasted no time doing what he does best. He attacked by going down the field as much as possible.

Rivers connected eight times for 167 yards with his talented TE Antonio Gates. Rivers needed only 18 completions to post 373 yards, a staggering average of 20.7 yards per completion. He completed over 70 percent of his passes for the fourth straight game. It all makes him as lethal as any quarterback in the league.

Even without a dominant running game, Rivers has led the Chargers on a seven-game winning streak, and he has a touchdown pass in nine straight games. Without the use of a legitimate play-action pass threat, Rivers remains consistently relentless in his assault of going deep. I watched as Rivers led his team from an early seven-point deficit, and without flinching, he surgically carved his way down the field to lead the Chargers to 27 unanswered points.

It’s clear that Rivers deserves to me mentioned among the best signal callers in the league. Top five in my book.

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