Top Ten Defensive Performances of 2017: #10 Wk. 17 Tre Boston v. OAK #10

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      Week 17 Tre Boston vs. Oakland - 7 Tackles Womens Darius Philon Jersey , Interception, Pass DeflectionTre Boston was a late signing during last year’s free agency period and he proceeded to start opposite Jahleel Addae for all but one game during the 2017 season. He also finished second on the team in tackles with 79, second only to Addae who amassed 96 total stops.Boston was a welcomed member of the Chargers defensive that already boasted several of the top defensive back in the leagues. Coming off a career-year by cornerback Casey Hayward in which he led the league in interceptions, the fact the Chargers were able to add another ball-hawk was almost too good to be true as Boston snagged five interceptions en route to leading the team in that category.Against the Oakland Raiders in the final game of the regular season, the Chargers were just trying to take advantage of the things they could control. They needed to beat the Raiders in order to have any chance of making the playoffs. Unfortunately for them, although they took care of business and walked away with a 30-10 victory, the other teams that needed to win did not.Boston enjoyed a game where fans saw him play janitor as he continuously cleaned up splash-plays that the front seven kept allowing the Raiders to. Several times when Marshawn Lynch broke through the first and second level, Boston was there to settle him down. When the linebackers missed Jared Cook on a deep, 31-yard crossing route, Boston was there to minimize the damage.When the Raiders were marching down the field, attempting to shift the momentum in their favor, Boston took advantage of an under-thrown pass from quarterback Derek Carr and took it the other direction for 25 yards. This effectively sealed the win for the Bolts as they finished the year 9-7 and accomplished their first winning season since they went 9-7 during the 2014 campaign.Philip Rivers Is Easily a Hall of Fame Quarterback After starting off 0-4, Philip Rivers surged back. Rivers Authentic Casey Hayward Jersey , the Chargers’ undisputed starter since 2006, rallied the Chargers back to winning ways. In all, the Chargers won 8 of their last 12 games in 2017, finishing 9-7 to cap off the season. But once again Rivers’ combination of cheerleading on the sidelines and on-field heroics were in vain. The Chargers didn’t make the playoffs. They haven’t since 2013.Nonetheless Rivers played better than you think. The 36 year old quarterback threw for 96 passer rating, 28 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions in 2017. Good enough to rank Rivers 9th, 5th and 9th among NFL QBs in these metrics respectively. But perhaps even more improtantly, Rivers logged 7.9 yards per attempt (Y/PA)and 7.60 Net Adjusted Yards Per Attempt (ANY/A), two of the better metrics that help us isolate QB efficiency. Indeed, 2017 Rivers easily bested quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning, in spite of the 4 Super Bowls between them. How? Well, in QB efficiency of course: passer rating, yards per attempt and net yards per attempt. In fact, Rivers’ career numbers in these categories match up with some of the best quarterbacks in NFL History.His career passer rating? An absurdly good 94.6 Womens Derwin James Jersey , ranked 8th best all-time. Just behind Peyton Manning. His Y/PA? 11th of all time, ahead of Peyton Manning. His ANY/A? 7th, behind only quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson.All the aforementioned quarterbacks are going to the Hall of Fame—so shouldn’t Rivers go too?Sure, they’ve all won Super Bowls cementing their status as future Hall of Famers, but Dan Marino never won that prize and still has a golden jacket.The numbers show that Rivers has outperformed expectations in almost every way. The big red dog is the room is Rivers’ lack of playoff success, but that can be attributed as much to lack of franchise support than lack of ability on River’s part. To compare, Matt Ryan routinely goes to the playoffs with his talented stable of weapons (basically Julio Jones). Yet Ryan has a lower career passing rating, YPA and ANY/A than Rivers. This basic analysis shows us how underrated Philip Rivers is.The calculus alsoshows us that Rivers is on another level to Matt Ryan, a good quarterback in his own right.River’s incredible overperformance—without studs like Julio Jones to help—lends credence to River’s efficiency rankings that sit on par with Peyton Manning, and ahead potential Hall of Famers’ like Big Ben and Eli Manning. So say it with me, “Philip Rivers is easily a Hall of Fame quarterback.”