Philip Rivers says Chargers’ focus is winning division games
Over the last three seasons, the San Diego Chargers and Philip Rivers have been disappointing. The Chargers have not made the playoffs since 2009 and have finished 7-9. 8-8 and 9-7 over the last three years. Part of their problem has been their inability to win AFC West games. Over that period, the Chargers are nearly .500 in the AFC West going 10-8.
In addition, over the last three seasons, Philip Rivers has 83 touchdowns, 48 interceptions, a 64.3% completion percentage and a 93.0 QB Rating.
As the Chargers and the rest of the NFL start training camps this week, Philip Rivers told NFL Network the Chargers are focused on winning the AFC West.
“I think all 32 teams know the ultimate goal is a championship, but I think for us, we’ve got to get back to winning that AFC West,” Rivers said. “It all starts in the division. We won it four, five, six years in a row, and we’ve been out of it now three years in a row.”
Rivers added that the Chargers cannot be swept by an AFC West opponent and expect to be playing in January.
“We haven’t won our division games,” Rivers said. “I think our focus is winning in the division. You go 3-3 in the division, you’re fighting an uphill battle. You go 5-1, 6-0 in the division . . . I think you win division games, and find a way to get back into January. It’s been rough watching from home there the last three years.”
With Peyton Manning still at the helm and the addition of Wes Welker the Denver Broncos are still going to be tough this year.
Furthermore, as the Kansas City Chiefs added Alex Smith and head coach Andy Reid this off-season, the AFC West got a lot tougher for this year.
Ultimately, I think the Chargers end in third place in the AFC West.