If Rivers is better than Manning, and the Chargers def/running game is so much worse than the Colts, Why doesn't Rivers throw the ball as much or more than Manning to make up for it?
Well now we finally have an interesting question.Certainly many people are unhappy with the 'Run LT up the gut for half-a-yard every first down' strategy that Norv seems to love, but Rivers bails them out so consistently and they have won 8 straight, so the criticism has been somewhat muted.
But let's just say that you're not the only one to wonder why they don't throw more.
And of course when they get a lead it's even worse as Norv would try to run out an entire half if he could.
Which brings me to what I think is probably the biggest reason. Manning throws it more because he has to because the Colts have been behind late in games. The Colts have tied the record for close wins and have had a huge number of 4th quarter comebacks.
The Chargers haven't had as many comebacks because they haven't been behind.
Once the Chargers get ahead, Norv pulls the air out of the offense and tries to milk clock.
For instance, after the Chargers got a 27-7 lead in the Browns game, the Chargers had 13 rushing plays and just 5 passing plays (and 3 kneel downs)
Such conservative play calling allowed the Browns to come back to 30-23, but in the end it worked and the Chargers won.
And in the second Denver game, Rivers had a season-low 22 pass attempts because the Chargers were winning 32-3.
A lot of Rivers passing attempts indicates a tight game, so in way, his fewer attempts is indicative of the Chargers doing well.
That's just the way Norv calls games.
edit: went back and looked at the quarter splits and Manning still throws more attempts in the first quarter, so in conclusion I can only shrug and say 'Norv'