TEMPE, Ariz. -- San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers has never played in University of Phoenix Stadium but he’s had an affinity for retractable-roof stadiums throughout his career.
Rivers, who brings the Chargers to Glendale, Ariz., for the nightcap of a Week 1 "Monday Night Football" doubleheader, is 3-0 in those stadiums. But he’s not the only visiting slinger who’s had success under a roof.
Four of the eight quarterbacks coming to University of Phoenix Stadium this season have fared well in their careers under retractable roofs. San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and Washington’s Robert Griffin III are each 1-0, although Griffin will be making his University of Phoenix Stadium debut on Oct. 12.
St. Louis’ Sam Bradford also has a winning record, 3-2, under a retractable roof.
Seattle's Russell Wilson is 2-2; Kansas City’s Alex Smith and Detroit Matthew Stafford are each 1-2; Philadelphia’s Nick Foles is 0-1. Smith leads all visiting quarterbacks with seven passing touchdowns in retractable roofs while Stafford has thrown the most interceptions with four.
Only one quarterback, Kaepernick, is undefeated in University of Phoenix Stadium while Bradford is 2-1.
Overall, the quarterbacks on Arizona’s slate this season are 12-9 under retractable roofs and the five who have played in Glendale are 5-6 combined at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Here’s a statistical breakdown of visiting quarterbacks in retractable roofs and in University of Phoenix Stadium: