Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers currently has 45,833 yards passing for his career, putting him 4,167 yards shy of joining the 50,000-yard club. Currently, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Dan Marino and John Elway are the only quarterbacks to eclipse the 50,000-yard mark.
In fact, the impressive quarterback class of 2004 are all on the cusp of that mark. Eli Manning currently sits at 48,214 yards. Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger trails with 46,814 yards. What is the difference between the three? Two of them have multiple Super Bowl wins.
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At age 35, playoff glory has eluded Rivers thus far. In 2006, their last under Marty Schottenheimer, the Chargers cruised through the regular season en route to a 14-2 record and a number one seed in the AFC. However, they would fall short against the Patriots in the divisional round.
They have made the playoffs just four times since then as Rivers inches closer and closer to the end of his career. Third-year running back Melvin Gordon recently spoke about the urgency in helping Rivers (and tight end Antonio Gates) finally get that ring.
The opportunity is there for the Chargers to make their run. Despite the rise of the Raiders, they are still a very young team. A step back from their 12-4 campaign in 2016 is not impossible. The Broncos defense is still one of the best in the game but they are aging and have begun to see key veterans depart, such as Demarcus Ware. And of course, their quarterback situation leaves much to be desired.
The Chiefs seem like the most predictable team in the division, as they will win 9-10 games this season, and fight for a wild card position. Therefore, it opens the door for the Chargers if they can stay healthy.
At the end of the day, it would be nice for Rivers to celebrate entering the 50,000 yard club with a playoff berth for the first time in four seasons.
– Ian Glendon is a National Co-Editor for cover32 and the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots. He covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on Follow @iglen31 Follow @cover32_NE and Facebook.