NFL: Predicting the 2020 stats for each QB in the AFC South

Philip Rivers, Colts
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Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts

After spending 15 years and starting 235 consecutive games for the Chargers, Philip Rivers is finally set to play for a new team for the first time in his career. He is statistically one of the best quarterbacks of all time to have never won or even played in a Super Bowl, and his veteran leadership will be advantageous for a playoff-hungry Colts team.

Last year Jacoby Brissett gave a valiant effort to replace Andrew Luck after his shocking and sudden retirement during the preseason, but he simply does not have the tools to be a successful starter in the league. Despite the best offensive line in the league and one of the most highly regarded coaches in Frank Reich, Brissett led the Colts to a disappointing 7-9 record and was relegated to a backup role once again.

On the other hand, Philip Rivers has had a volatile and sometimes erratic career path as of late. His 2018 season was resurgent in which the Chargers were 12-4 and qualified for the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs, but significant injuries, players holding out and a lack of fandom combined for a dreadful 5-11 campaign.

Rivers has always been a gunslinger with a boom-or-bust attitude that can also be described as “Jameis Winston syndrome” in which he accrues massive passing statistics while throwing too many irresponsible interceptions. Despite having a bevy of receivers at his disposal and a potent running game, Rivers tossed 20 picks in his final year with the Chargers and he hopes to become more efficient in his age-38 season with the Colts.

Last year, Rivers threw for more than 4600 yards, 23 touchdowns to 20 interceptions, and a 66% completion rate. His new offense with the Colts features a viable deep threat in T.Y. Hilton, a powerful 1-2 punch at running back with Marlon Mack and 2nd rounder Jonathan Taylor, a strong tight end combo of Jack Doyle and Trey Burton, and an unproven group of receivers after Hilton.

If either rookie Michael Pittman, 2019 disappointment Parris Campbell or Zach Pascal can break out this season for the Colts, Rivers can hope to rebound after a relatively down season. Even though he graded out as the 17th best passer last season, Rivers should be expected to total

2020 Prediction for Philip Rivers: 4,400 yards, 24 touchdowns to 13 interceptions, and a 67% completion rate.