QB Watch: Chargers' Philip Rivers

October, 30, 2013
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A weekly analysis of the San Diego Chargers' quarterback play:

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Rewind: During the bye week, a point of emphasis for Philip Rivers and the rest of the offense has been improving the team’s execution in the red zone. The Chargers are tied for No. 22 in the NFL in red zone efficiency at 48.1 percent. Rivers said part of the team’s struggles has been achieving consistent and precise execution in the compact area of the red zone.

Fast-forward: The Chargers return to action on Nov. 3 at Washington, the team’s third trip to the East Coast this season. It will be Rivers’ first regular-season start at FedEx Field.

Streaking: Rivers has thrown a touchdown pass in all seven games this season and has not thrown a pick since his three-interception performance against Oakland -- that’s 56 straight pass attempts without an interception. Rivers' three 400-yard games in a season is second only to Dan Marino in 1984 (four).

Prediction: Rivers faces a Washington defense that’s giving up 274 passing yards a contest, tied for No. 27 in the NFL. The Chargers had two weeks to prepare for Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s multiple looks, so it’s reasonable to expect a good performance from Rivers -- 24-for-30 for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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