Chargers Achieve Milestones in Game 1
By Cameron Buford
After winning their first season opener since 2015 the Chargers are now focused on the Detroit Lions for their week 2 matchup. Looking at their game against the Indianapolis Colts, they had a couple of guys achieve some significant milestones. Veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers and starting Running Back achieved some prestigious milestones in week one.
The Chargers have truly adopted a “next man up” approach when dealing with injuries and hold outs. This is much of the reason the team had tremendous confidence in Austin Ekeler once it became clear he would be the team’s starting Running Rack. Ekeler supported their confidence by accomplishing something only one other running back has achieved since 1967. Impressively, Ekeler tallied 154 combined yards from scrimmage and 3 touchdowns against the Colts. That accomplishment made Austin the first undrafted player to gain at least 150 scrimmage yards since Dan Reeves did it years ago.
In their season opener this past Sunday, Chargers 16-year veteran Quarterback Phillip Rivers threw for 333 yards in the Chargers win. This was the 63rd time he has eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark. This also tied Rivers with Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino for the 4th most 300 yards passing games in the leagues’ history.
When asked about this accomplishment Rivers said, “I have, on a few of those (milestones), allowed myself to take a second pause and be thankful for out there and be fairly consistent over the years. You mentioned Marino I had posters up on my wall when I was little. Always dreamed of playing quarterback in the NFL. To say it’s not special or you don’t appreciate it would be lying. It is pretty cool when those things come up.”
I also had a chance to talk to some of Phillip Rivers linemen and asked them what they thought of his performance. Though Mike Pouncey was surprised to hear about this specific accomplishment, he wasn’t surprised to hear about his production. Pouncey was most concerned about the 4 sacks that he and his fellow lineman allowed on Sunday. After Pouncey reminded me that there were multiple games when they’ve allowed 1 sack or less last season. I then asked what a perfect game for a lineman would be; 6th Veteran Guard Michael Schofield III quickly and emphatically responded by saying “200 rushing yards.” Mike Pouncey then responded by saying, “getting the W is a perfect game; because the Colts had over 200 yards rushing on Sunday and I bet they don’t feel like we do this week.”
Barring injury Phillip Rivers will achieve another milestone this week against the Detroit Lions, he needs only 11 passing yards to get amass 55,000 passing yards in his career. This would move him into 8th place on the All-Time passing yards list in the NFL. With these numbers coupled with his competitive spirit, Rivers is working on his positioning in the NFL Hall of Fame. One of the only things left for Rivers to accomplish is to lead his team to a Superbowl victory.
Share with me your thoughts and feedback on Phillip Rivers career and if the Hall of Fame is in his sites, and whether he can get to the Hall even if he doesn’t win a Superbowl. Let us know your thoughts with us by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter at “Voice of the Fans” for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TunedIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!