Philip Rivers Projected Stats for 2020 Could Be Bad News for the Colts

Philip Rivers' projected 2020 stats could be concerning for Colts fans.
Philip Rivers' projected 2020 stats could be concerning for Colts fans. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Indianapolis Colts fans have had a real roller coaster ride at the quarterback position this century. From Peyton Manning to Curtis Painter to Andrew Luck to Jacoby Brissett, they've seen it all. That is set to continue in 2020 with eight-time Pro Bowler Philip Rivers.

It's tough to project what they're going to get from the 38-year-old passer, however, and according to the betting odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, it might not be pretty.

FanDuel Sportsbook has set over/under lines for both Rivers' passing yardage and passing TD total for 2020. Those lines opened at 4,299.5 yards and 27.5 touchdowns.

Looking back at Rivers' recent numbers, that would be his lowest single-season passing yardage total since 2014. He's also thrown for at least 29 TDs in five of the last seven seasons, so this would mark a bit of a dip as well, though he did only throw for 23 TDs last season.

Looking at the context of the entire NFL, however, those marks would have been good for sixth (yards) and tied for fifth (touchdowns) in the 2019 season, so it's not all bad. A drop in raw passing numbers also may not be the end of the world if it means that the Colts are often playing with leads and running out clock, instead of going pass-heavy while trailing.

Overall, however, bringing in an aging QB who has clearly been on the decline, most notably in a down year last season, could be a bit worrying for Colts' fans.

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