News: Rivers (chest) completed 29-of-35 passes for 291 yards, with a touchdown and interception, in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Rams.
Impact: Rivers had a tidy 8.3 YPA, but he had just one attempt over 20 yards, as a large chunk of his passing yardage came after the catch. He was actually having a rough fantasy game, until his screen pass to Keenan Allen midway through the fourth quarter resulted in a 29-yard touchdown. Allen had one of his best games of the season, catching 6-of-8 targets for 104 yards, showing great moves in the open field on several receptions. Whether Rivers' lack of deep shots is due to his nagging ribs/chest injuries, or just the team's conservative play calling, he'll need receivers like Allen to perform well after the catch. In Week 13, Rivers will have a decent shot to post strong numbers against a beatable Ravens' secondary.
News: Oliver had six carries for 17 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Rams.
Impact: Oliver ran hard, with limited touches, but Ryan Mathews shined in his second game back from a knee injury, rushing for 105 yards on 12 carries. Mathews did leave the game in the second half due to a shoulder injury, although he did return. Mathews' practice/participation level will be something to keep an eye on this week, however, if you're an Oliver owner. In Week 13, Oliver will face a tough Ravens' rush defense.
News: Allen caught 6-of-8 targets for 104 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Rams. He also lost a pair of fumbles in the game.
Impact: It was a strong game for Allen, who showed off his nifty moves in the open field, with a season-long 35-yard catch in the first half, although a defender tracked him down from behind to strip the ball. Later in the fourth quarter, Allen took a screen pass, and once again showed craftiness in space, while breaking tackles on his way to a 29-yard touchdown. Philip Rivers, who has been banged up almost all season, hardly took any shots down the field Sunday, so we should continue to see Allen run shorter routes, taking advantage of his after-the-catch ability. He'll have a favorable matchup in Week 13, facing a injury-depleted Ravens' secondary.
News: Rivers (chest) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Rams, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: As expected, Rivers will continue to play through his aches and pains this weekend, after reports suggesting that he might dealing with a troublesome rib injury were downplayed in advance of Sunday's contest.