As a San Diego Charger fan, I was doing cartwheels at the end of the first half of their game against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
The Bolts were up 24-0 and my Charger flag was blowing proudly in the wind off of my front porch. Oddly enough, I have two neighbors who are Broncos fans and they live on either side of me. I was planning my victory lap, everything was going so well.
Peyton Manning opened up the second half with a quick touchdown pass and the score was 24-7. Rivers then has the ball stripped, which is returned for a Denver touchdown and the score gets closer at 24-14.
Rivers then goes on a tear, and not the good kind. He's out there slinging footballs like the peanut guy at Dodger Stadium throws nuts. Half of his passes look like lame ducks as he shotputs them across the line of scrimmage. Four interceptions later and I'm staring at the clock ticking down in a 35-24 loss. Rivers looks dejected, Norv Turner is scratching his head (as usual) and the Chargers blow their second big lead in as many weeks.
Through the first six weeks of the season, most of the jokes in the NFL have been directed towards Tony Romo and Jay Cutler. It's time to add a new routine to the act -- Philip Rivers.
Remember when Rivers was one of the first QBs picked in the fantasy football world? It seems like a decade ago. Let's take a look at the "real world" though. Rivers simply does not give Charger fans a sense of confidence whenever the team is trailing late in the games. Even when the team has a big lead they are holding their breaths wondering how Rivers and Turner are going to blow the lead.
Should Rivers be characterized as a bigger disappointment than Romo through week 6 of the NFL season? Here's how he stacks up to the Dallas quarterback, who is criticized the most by fans and media alike:
Tony Romo - 126/187 (67%) - 1,409 yards - 7 TD - 9 INT
Philip Rivers - 139/209 (67%) - 1,493 yards - 10 TD - 9 INT
The two signal callers have nearly identical stats and both the Chargers and Cowboys have three losses. Rivers is 30-years-old and Romo is 32.
I'm usually not a fan of knee-jerk reactions and I really admire Rivers' intensity on the field, but I don't think the Bolts would be any worse off if Romo was calling the shots.
It's a completely hypothetical question that is posed because of their similar season stats and success (or lack therof) of their respective teams.
OS Voice: Who would you rather have as the quarterback of your team -- Tony Romo or Philip Rivers?
Joe Chacon is a staff writer for Operation Sports and a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.