Philip Rivers' monster day earns respect of Packers

Every so often, Philip Rivers provides a reminder that there are very few quarterbacks that have ever been quite like him. Sunday was one of those days.

Using a quick release that could best be defined as borderline unfair, Rivers re-wrote the Chargers' record book in 27-20 loss to the Packers, setting franchise marks in passing yardage (503), completions (43) and attempts (65).

That he did this behind a makeshift offensive line missing three starters made the performance even more remarkable.

"People say Aaron's got a quick release," Packers guard T.J. Lang said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I don't think anybody has a quicker release than that guy. He played a hell of a game."

Rivers used his smarts and experience to manipulate a solid Packers pass defense. He took just three sacks despite a number of dropbacks that would typically cover two games.

"He was checking, seeing what we were in," Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins said. "He kept motioning that running back. They did that almost every play, most likely to see if we were in man (coverage).

"If the linebacker came out, he knew we were in man. If the linebacker didn't come out, he knew we were in zone. Based off his football knowledge, he could pick and choose what route combination he wanted to run."

You could say Rollins' was inadvertently exposing a flaw in Green Bay's defensive scheme, but the reality is that very few quarterbacks can dissect the opposition in real time at this level of precision.

"It wasn't anything where we were getting blocked," defensive end Datone Jones said. "It's just the ball was gone in two seconds. He knew he had a brand-new offensive line and he got rid of the ball really fast."

Rivers is so good. The Chargers need to put a better team around him before it's too late.

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