"You've Got To Be Careful Not To Relax" - Philip Rivers isn't taking anything for granted as season enters home stretch


As the season comes to an end and the Chargers are in the thick of the AFC West race for the first time in a few years, quarterback Philip Rivers is playing some of the best football of his career. But Rivers isn't taking anything for granted and realizes that things can go south quickly in the NFL.

When Rivers was asked about his recent play after Sunday's game against the Redskins, in which he threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, he didn't take the opportunity to gloat and instead hammered home how the team needs to stay focused over the final few weeks. "You've got to be careful not to relax" the veteran signal caller declared.

He went on to say how his own recent success can't allow him to get overconfident to the point where he starts making crucial mistakes, saying "There's that fine line of, 'Shoot it's going good you come on in there and I'm letting it rip' to making sure you don't cross the line of 'OK, I'm getting carried away." Rivers' comments make clear that he and the team aren't letting the recent winning streak go to their heads.

Despite going 6-2 over their last eight, the Chargers are by no means out of the woods. They almost certainly need to beat the Chiefs on Saturday in order to win the division. Despite the strong play in recent weeks the Chargers are still lacking a signature win, having beaten mostly mediocre teams, and a win in Kansas City would erase all the remaining doubt about whether or not they are legit.

After the season looked lost after the first four games, the Chargers now find themselves with the opportunity for a statement game. For the first time in a long time they're playing meaningful December football. With a win in Kansas City they can prove that they aren't the Chargers of old and that they're legit AFC contenders. It's good to know Rivers still has a level head and is keeping his eyes on the prize.

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