The Los Angeles Chargers will reportedly move on from quarterback Philip Rivers, and against the Raiders organization, he was mostly a winner.
The Los Angeles Chargers will move on from Philip Rivers entering 2020, marking the end of one heck of an era for the team under his leadership. In his 14 seasons as the team’s starter, Rivers not only racked up a ton of major statistical achievements, but he also did not miss a single start after taking over for Drew Brees.
During his career, Rivers posted a record of 123 and 101, with 18 of those victories coming against the Oakland Raiders. In fact, that is the most wins he has had against any franchise in his career, which makes sense due to the fact the Chargers play in the Raiders division, and fell on some hard times during the pinnacle of Rivers’ career.
Not only is his 18 wins against the Raiders a career-best, but so are his touchdown passes, as he threw 47 against the team in 28 games. Against the other two AFC West teams, the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, Rivers had a losing record against both, going 14-15 against the Chiefs, and 13-16 against Denver.
As he looks to turn the page from his Chargers career, one should feel that he still can compete at the NFL level, though his best years are behind him. He will turn 39 during the 2020 NFL season, and had serious issues turning the ball over last season, as he finished with 20 interceptions for only the third time in his career.
Rivers finished his 2019 season with over 4,300 yards passing, and many feel he still has a ton of gas left in the tank. He has moved his family to Florida, a state where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reside, and if they move on from Jameis Winston this offseason, Rivers makes a lot of sense there.
Wherever Rivers decides to go next, whether it is Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, or a host of other teams looking for a veteran quarterback, it will be nice to have him outside of the AFC West. The Chargers may look to tank next season, as the 2021 NFL Draft is loaded with quarterback talent, which could lead to two free wins on this schedule in 2020.