QB Watch: Chargers' Philip Rivers

A weekly analysis of the San Diego Chargers’ quarterback play.

Rewind: Although he threw for only 184 yards Sunday against Tennessee, Philip Rivers was an efficient 20-of-24 for the game. He now has completed 70 of 100 passes (70 percent) on the season, with eight touchdown passes and one interception. But he led the Chargers to just one scoring drive in the second half of San Diego’s 20-17 loss against the Titans.

Fast-forward: Rivers faces Dallas this coming Sunday for the first time in four seasons. The Cowboys' defense is giving up 274.7 yards a contest, including seven passing touchdowns. So San Diego’s pass-first offense should find room to operate against the Dallas secondary. The Cowboys do have 13 sacks this season, so the Chargers will have to do a good job protecting Rivers.

McCoy effect: Heading into the contest against Dallas, San Diego coach Mike McCoy is stressing the need for his team to do the little things. Offensively, that means better execution at the end of games and in the red zone. McCoy said the Chargers wouldn’t have needed the defense to get a stop at the end of the Titans game if the offense had done its job by converting a few first downs to grind out the clock.

Prediction: Rivers will benefit from some home cooking against Dallas, finishing 26-of-32 with 305 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.