Philip Rivers: Fantasy Owners Should Expect a Big Game vs. the Chiefs Tonight

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIINovember 1, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers passes during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is going to turn his team's season around when the Chargers face the struggling Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.  

Rivers has disappointed fantasy owners all season long with his inconsistent play, but this week will mark the start of a great second half for the Chargers quarterback. Fantasy football owners everywhere thought that Rivers would bounce back from a disappointing 2011 campaign, but that has obviously not been the case. 

The quarterback ranks 24th in total passing yards, and his nine touchdown passes and eight interceptions are nothing to brag about. 

With all that being said, Rivers has had a ton of success against Kansas City throughout his career. The quarterback has a 10-4 record against the Chiefs and has thrown for 3,379 yards. 

Earlier this season, Rivers was able to exploit the Chiefs secondary as he led the Chargers to a 37-30 victory. Below is his stat line, via 

18 23 209 78.3 9.09 33 2 1 81.1 115.4


Here is a play from the Chargers' Week 4 matchup with the Chiefs.  


On this play, Rivers does an excellent job of recognizing that it is man coverage. He realizes that his running back is matched up with a safety and makes a great throw as he hits him in stride where only his receiver can make the catch. 

The key to this game for Rivers is doing just that—recognizing the coverage during his pre-snap reads. If the Chargers quarterback can make plays like the one above on a more consistent basis, the Chargers will be a team that challenges for a playoff spot. 


Prediction for Philip Rivers and the Chargers: 

285 yards passing, three touchdown passes and one interception. 

Chargers win 35-21.