Rivers, as he’s always known to do, also made it a point to acknowledge his teammates, without whom he wouldn’t be climbing any of these all-time statistical lists.
“There’s always been a guy on the receiving end of all of those passes and there’s always been five guys or more with backs and tight ends blocking like crazy until I need to throw them,” Rivers said. “All of the guys have been a part of those, and I know those other quarterbacks who have thrown for a bunch of yards and touchdowns would say the same. They’re a part of them too. They certainly take pride in some of those as well because it’s a team effort every last one of them.”
So what’s next on Rivers’ list of major milestones?
• With 18 passes completed, he will reach 5,000 career passes completed. He would become just the fifth player in NFL history to reach that plateau, joining Brees, Brady, Favre and Peyton Manning.
• With two games with 400+ passing yards, he will pass Ben Roethlisberger (12) and tie Marino (13) for the fourth-most games with 400+ passing yards in NFL history.
• With five games with three-or-more touchdown passes, he will pass Marino (62) and tie Aaron Rodgers (63) for the fifth-most games of three-or-more touchdown passes in NFL history
• With eight games started, he will pass Eli Manning (234) and tie Charles Woodson (235) for the ninth-most games started in NFL history.
• With 1,280 passing yards, he will pass Marino (61,361) for the fifth-most passing yards in NFL history.
• With 317 passes attempted, he will reach 8,000 career passes attempted. He would become just the seventh player in NFL history to reach that plateau, joining Favre, Brees, Brady, Peyton Manning, Marino and Eli Manning.
• With at least 20 touchdown passes this season, he will tie Favre (15 seasons) for the fourth-most such seasons in NFL history.
• With 21 touchdown passes, he will pass Marino (420) for the fifth-most touchdown passes in NFL history.