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MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
Did the Chargers make the right choice when they cut ties with Drew Brees, who tore his right labrum late last season, and handed the quarterback job to inexperienced former first-round pick Philip Rivers?
The Chargers' starter in 58 games from 2002 through '05, Brees has thrown for 3,000 yards three times and for 20 TDs twice. He was named to the Pro Bowl following the '04 season. Last year he had TD passes in 13 of 16 games, throwing for at least two scores eight times. Brees is fully recovered from off-season shoulder surgery, and his favorite targets will be Joe Horn and Reggie Bush.
Rivers spent his first two seasons as Brees's backup and still awaits his first NFL start. He left N.C. State as the second most prolific passer in major college history (13,484 yards), but in the NFL he's amassed just 148 passing yards, with one TD and one interception. He has, however, been quite sharp in leading the Chargers this preseason. His favorite targets will be Antonio Gates and Keenan McCardell.
VERDICT: If you're drafting a No. 1 quarterback, the call should be Brees because he's a proven commodity. However, if you need a second quarterback, take a chance on Rivers, who could potentially put up big numbers.
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