Philip Rivers long has been one of the best active quarterbacks

#1 von laiyongcai92 ( gelöscht ) , 05.03.2019 07:16

in the NFL , and the Titans once again will face the quarterbacking virtuoso as they face off against the Chargers on Sunday.Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has collected all of the hype out of the AFC West and is the probable MVP front runner through six weeks. But riding a three game winning streak are the Chargers, and Rivers is playing the best football we’ve seen from him in a long time. In fact, I’d go as far as saying he should be an MVP candidate.With a better offensive line and a quality group of receivers, it’s not hard to see why Rivers is playing at such a high level. For more on him, let’s dive into his film in this week’s Enemy Chargers started 0-4 in 2017 largely because of special teams and Rivers’ lacking arm strength. Apparently he found some deer antler spray afterwards, because he finished the season a lot better than he started it, pushing the Chargers to a 9-7 record.This season, Rivers is starting off hot, and not even the Chargers’ ability to screw games up can stop them from starting off 4-2. With that said, the receivers constantly let Rivers down in week 1 against the Chiefs, dropping two touchdowns. The Chargers were down 38-28 late in the 4th quarter, but a touchdown would’ve gotten them back in the game. Rivers absolutely rifles this one to former Titans killer Travis Benjamin, who lets the ball go through his hands. The game all but ended here , but it was frustrating to see a great performance from Rivers go completely wasted. It looked like we’d see the same old Chargers from years prior, then they won four of their next five games and have a spot in the playoffs if the season ended today. With the receivers catching more consistently, we’re beginning to see the offense’s potential become fully realized.It all starts with the quality traits of mentioned how the offensive line play has improved this season, but that doesn’t mean it’s without its faults. Rivers is a 15-year veteran though, so at this point he’s as comfortable against pressure as any of his peers. The left tackle Russell Okung initially helps double block defensive tackle Kyle Williams, for some reason, and that gives defensive end Jerry Hughes an easy lane to the quarterback. Rivers is given little time to react to the pressure from the blind side, but he remains cool and collect with what little seconds he has.The touchdown throw he makes to Mike Williams looks way easier than it actually is. The safety Jordan Power is staring him down as he’s looking to Williams in the end zone, and he also has to deal with Vontae Davis guarding Williams.Rivers’ insanely quick release is what makes this throw against blind side pressure look so easy. A quarterback like Blake Bortles with his long developing motion would not be able to make this throw. Rivers gets this one off in the blink of an eye and that puts him one step ahead of both Jerry Hughes and the secondary.You could say this is a throw that pushed Vontae Davis to, word of advice for Dean Pees; Don’t bother blitzing Philip, as he’s one of the best quarterbacks against the blitz. Typically, blitzing a quarterback that thrives at processing the field instantly does not work, and the Bills paid dearly by sending a two-man blitz , one up the A-gap, and the other up the B-gap.Rivers recognizes this immediately under center, and as he drops back, quickly gets the ball out of his hands and into the tight end Virgil Green’s. The result is a 25-yard gain that ultimately helped set up Mike Williams’ first career touchdown’ accuracy has generally been brilliant throughout his career, but it’s his anticipation before the release that makes his passing ability special. Take this throw to Tyrell Williams from last week against the Browns for example. Off play action deep in his own red zone, Rivers has to lead Williams to a spot using his precision over Joe Schobert (who’s been a phenomenal linebacker this season) and corner E.J. Gaines. Thus, the accuracy on this pass is crazy. Los Angeles would end up scoring a touchdown on the very next play, also to Williams, with the exact same play call.Philip Rivers is an MVP candidate without hesitation. His accuracy, play against pressure, quick decision making, and consistency have been nothing short of phenomenal through the team’s first six games. We’d have to go back to 2014 to find him starting off this insanely well, and though he’s playing second fiddle to Mahomes , he’s been a top five quarterback, to me.One win away from a four-game winning streak and a chance to go to 5-2 entering their bye week, Rivers and the Chargers have a lot to play for going against a free falling Titans team that desperately needs a win to stay on top of the AFC South. Something’s gotta give. Titans QB Marcus Mariota is set for his fourth regular season opener on Sunday in Miami. His level of comfort in OC Matt LaFleur’s offense will be on display against the Dolphins defense. Mariota must lean on built rapport with Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews, and trust in newly develop(ing) chemistry with second year receiving weapons Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor and Jonnu Smith.Mariota will also explore options with Dion Lewis as a receiving back, and have confidence that both Lewis and Derrick Henry can impose their will on the ground.With weapons in place and the trust of LaFleur and HC Mike Vrabel, Mariota could find the spark he had the last time he kicked off the season in Florida.What do the numbers suggest?The fourth year quarterback is currently holds a 1-2 win/loss record, with his only win coming during his rookie season. The past two years, Mariota and the Titans were unable to earn wins against the Minnesota Vikings (2016) and Oakland Raiders (2017).Both the Vikings and Raiders had much better defensive units than the 2015 Buccaneers. The Dolphins defense have players along the defensive line that can be disruptive and some underrated cornerbacks. However, the absence of Ndamukong Suh benefits the Titans offensive line.He’s been sacked five times for a loss of 44 total yards. With some uncertainty at the right tackle position, it will be interesting to see how the Titans offensive line handles the Miami pass rush - especially on the right side.For Mariota to hit .500 on season openers, he must depend on his offensive line to buy him time and keep the pressure to a minimum. As I mentioned in a previous post, establishing the run while setting the tempo is a delicate balance that the Titans must strive to achieve. The bulk hinges on the play in the trenches.Steady ProductionMariota regular season opener averages are promising. He maintains a 64.9% completion rate and has thrown for 736 yards. He’s thrown six touchdowns in week one Womens Derrick Henry Jersey , but four were in his debut against Tampa Bay.Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty ImagesThe Titans receivers struggled to separate against Oakland last season and Mariota failed to throw a touchdown. He did make some nice throws, but there was some obvious miscommunication with the receivers that eliminated some offensive opportunities. Mariota didn’t play a snap with his receiving corps at full strength. That may create some hiccups early against Miami. Hiccups early are ok and can be weathered throughout the came. However, hiccups that translate to turnovers could be problematic and often times are the difference in wins and losses.Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesMariota has only thrown one interception in regular season openers but also has one lost fumble, totaling two turnovers. The fumble against the Vikings resulted in a Danielle Hunter touchdown that weighed heavily in a game decided by nine points. Using his Intangibles Mariota has used his legs to gain yards and put points on the board in the season openers. He’s toted the rock nine times for 51 yards and one touchdown, averaging roughly 5.5 yards per carry.In LaFleur’s offense, the overall design will feature a lot of Mariota on the move. Mariota has to run with confidence - a confidence that was shaky last season due to coming off a major injury. The Titans do not want to compromise Mariota’s health as the team’s season success correlates to Mariota not missing time due to injury. Implementing a lot of RPO’s, play-action, bootlegs and designed quarterback keepers will be meticulously used. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesFor the Titans to board the plane from Miami with a win, Mariota will have to run and make plays with his legs. It’s a fact. Mariota has to find his groove in the offense and avoid hesitation when his instincts are telling him to run. He’s proven in the past few season that he knows when to slide and avoid taking the big hit. Expect he will use the same level of caution when on the move.Mariota knows how valuable he is to this offense - and to the team. He won’t jeopardize his health for a few extra yards.



Hue Jackson didn't lose his nerve.
So much good news on the injury front today!

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