Philip Rivers’ Amazingly Average Day

What a performance by Philip Rivers on Sunday! I mean, he threw for over 500 yards! He couldn’t be stopped (unless you mean at the end of the game by the goal line). Praise is all around for Philip Rivers and his performance against the Packers. In fact, this morning I open my ProFootballTalk app and I see they released their power rankings for the week and the Packers dropped 1 spot from number two to number three. Now, I don’t really care about where their ranked, put them at number 32 for all I care, because these rankings are as meaningless as a Justin Bieber song. What I do take issue with is the reasoning behind it

3. Packers (6-0; No. 2): It’s hard to hold the No. 2 spot when giving up more than 500 yards passing.

Who gives a shit? They gave up 500 yards and only 20 points. This is on the same scale as the Drew Brees passing yardage records. It’s pretty easy to break passing records when you throw it 50% more than most teams. In fact , I went back to my nerdery and looked at all of the quarterback stats for the week and when normalized for attempts and completions, Philip Rivers had a pretty average day.

Here’s how he ranked, starting with his most impressive first.

Completion Percentage: 67.2% (5th)

It is easier to complete passing when you aren’t throwing passes any farther than 10 yards down fields

Yards per Attempt: 7.9 (14th)

Who had more yards per attempt than him? Well, Rodgers, of course, but also Colin Kaepernick, Jay Cutler and Ryan Fitzpatrick to name a few.

Yards per Completion: 11.7 (15th)

Who had more yards per completion than him? Well, Rodgers, of course, but also Teddy Bridgewater, Brian Hoyer and Landry Jones to name a few.

Attempts per Touchdowns: 32 (17th)

Who had fewer attempts per touchdowns than him? Well, Rodgers, of course, but also Matthew Stafford, Ryan Tannehill and Blake Bortles to name a few.

Completions per Touchdowns: 21.5 (19th)

Who had fewer completions per touchdowns than him? Well, Rodgers, of course, but also Andy Dalton, Josh McCown and Joe Flacco to name a few.

 

But congratulations Philip, you’ve earned your praise. I still think I’ll keep Rodgers though. Below is the complete chart for those interested in such things.

Quarterback Completions Attempts Yards TD Completion% Yds/Attempt Yds/Completion Attempts/TD Completions/TD
Philip Rivers 43 64 503 2 67.19% 7.9 11.7 32.0 21.5
Carson Palmer 29 45 421 1 64.44% 9.4 14.5 45.0 29.0
Matthew Stafford 27 42 405 4 64.29% 9.6 15.0 10.5 6.8
Jay Cutler 26 41 353 1 63.41% 8.6 13.6 41.0 26.0
Joe Flacco 33 53 343 2 62.26% 6.5 10.4 26.5 16.5
Colin Kaepernick 16 27 340 2 59.26% 12.6 21.3 13.5 8.0
Blake Bortles 30 53 331 3 56.60% 6.2 11.0 17.7 10.0
Tom Brady 23 37 312 3 62.16% 8.4 13.6 12.3 7.7
Andrew Luck 30 50 312 3 60.00% 6.2 10.4 16.7 10.0
Drew Brees 30 39 312 1 76.92% 8.0 10.4 39.0 30.0
Matt Ryan 30 44 295 2 68.18% 6.7 9.8 22.0 15.0
Brian Hoyer 24 36 293 3 66.67% 8.1 12.2 12.0 8.0
Peyton Manning 26 48 290 1 54.17% 6.0 11.2 48.0 26.0
Alex Smith 22 37 282 1 59.46% 7.6 12.8 37.0 22.0
Sam Bradford 24 38 280 1 63.16% 7.4 11.7 38.0 24.0
Cam Newton 20 36 269 1 55.56% 7.5 13.5 36.0 20.0
Ryan Tannehill 22 29 266 2 75.86% 9.2 12.1 14.5 11.0
EJ Manuel 28 42 263 1 66.67% 6.3 9.4 42.0 28.0
Aaron Rodgers 16 29 255 2 55.17% 8.8 15.9 14.5 8.0
Ryan Fitzpatrick 19 26 253 2 73.08% 9.7 13.3 13.0 9.5
Teddy Bridgewater 17 31 249 1 54.84% 8.0 14.6 31.0 17.0
Andy Dalton 22 33 243 3 66.67% 7.4 11.0 11.0 7.3
Russell Wilson 18 30 241 1 60.00% 8.0 13.4 30.0 18.0
Marcus Mariota 21 33 219 1 63.64% 6.6 10.4 33.0 21.0
Josh McCown 20 39 213 2 51.28% 5.5 10.7 19.5 10.0
Kirk Cousins 25 43 196 1 58.14% 4.6 7.8 43.0 25.0
Eli Manning 24 38 189 1 63.16% 5.0 7.9 38.0 24.0
Landry Jones 8 12 168 2 66.67% 14.0 21.0 6.0 4.0