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PI Finds: Rivers Seems to Have the Broncos’ Number

Posted by Neil Paine on November 20, 2009

781091108148_Chargers_v_GiantsPhilip Rivers leads the Chargers into battle against the Denver Broncos again on Sunday, and San Diego has to feel pretty good about its chances with No. 17 at the helm.

That's because, out of all the players in NFL/AFL history to face the Broncos franchise, no quarterback has ever performed better against Denver than Rivers -- and it's not particularly close.

Minimum 200 attempts, here are the all-time leaders in passer rating vs. the Denver Broncos:

Rk Player From To Lg Tm G W L T Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate
1 Philip Rivers 2005 2009 NFL SDG 8 5 3 0 132 200 66.0% 1933 13 4 110.7
2 Len Dawson 1962 1974 TOT KAN 22 20 2 0 252 460 54.8% 4095 37 18 95.3
3 Jeff Hostetler 1992 1996 NFL TOT 8 4 4 0 137 242 56.6% 1689 13 3 91.1
4 Rich Gannon 1990 2003 NFL TOT 14 5 9 0 285 444 64.2% 3020 21 12 88.4
5 John Hadl 1962 1975 TOT TOT 23 14 8 1 299 581 51.5% 4565 43 21 87.3
6 Joe Montana 1979 1994 NFL TOT 7 2 5 0 130 226 57.5% 1682 9 5 85.1
7 Tom Flores 1960 1966 AFL RAI 12 9 2 1 121 239 50.6% 1863 18 10 84.4
8 Steve DeBerg 1979 1991 NFL TOT 7 2 5 0 138 236 58.5% 1742 8 6 82.3
9 Trent Green 1998 2006 NFL TOT 12 5 7 0 232 382 60.7% 2868 13 12 82.2
10 Drew Bledsoe 1995 2005 NFL TOT 8 2 6 0 173 304 56.9% 1983 11 5 81.9
11 Ken Anderson 1971 1984 NFL CIN 9 5 4 0 142 238 59.7% 1631 6 4 81.8
12 Tom Brady 2001 2009 NFL NWE 6 1 5 0 134 236 56.8% 1517 10 5 81.5
13 Dave Krieg 1980 1996 NFL TOT 24 10 14 0 400 697 57.4% 4832 35 27 79.4
14 Daryle Lamonica 1963 1973 TOT TOT 19 17 1 1 158 334 47.3% 2524 22 14 77.5
15 Ken Stabler 1971 1980 NFL TOT 17 11 5 1 232 395 58.7% 3178 19 22 77.4
16 Jon Kitna 1998 2007 NFL TOT 7 2 5 0 142 261 54.4% 1795 12 9 77.0
17 Stan Humphries 1992 1996 NFL SDG 10 5 5 0 197 346 56.9% 2281 12 11 75.3
18 Bill Kenney 1980 1988 NFL KAN 11 5 6 0 163 309 52.8% 2101 12 9 75.2
19 George Blanda 1960 1975 TOT TOT 29 22 6 1 255 533 47.8% 3773 36 26 73.6
20 Jay Schroeder 1986 1992 NFL TOT 10 7 3 0 125 248 50.4% 1879 11 10 73.6

Rivers also boasts the best career yards per attempt against Denver, as well as the top completion percentage.

And if you pro-rated his lifetime statistics vs. Denver into a full 16-game season (using his career mark of 453 attempts per 16 games), Rivers has amassed the equivalent of a 4,378-yard, 29-to-9 TD-INT ratio campaign against the Broncos. Very impressive numbers indeed.

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