Rivers threw two touchdown passes against the Browns, extending his streak of consecutive games with a scoring strike to nine. He also completed better than 70 percent of his passes (18 of 25) for the fourth consecutive week.
QB Philip Rivers
"Yeah, no doubt about it, we've got a difficult team in Dallas and a difficult way to finish the season," Rivers said. "But you've got to be ready to play every team in this league. You can't take anyone for granted."
If the Chargers are to maintain their holiday-season heroics, the defense will have to play better. San Diego made Brady Quinn look like Tom Brady on Sunday, allowing him to complete 25 of 45 passes for 271 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Quinn's only turnover came in the second quarter when Shaun Phillips sacked him and stripped the ball. Jacques Cesaire recovered the fumble to make sure Cleveland's second trip into the red zone resulted in zero points.
"I don't know what it is, but we just seem to play our best when our backs are to the wall," Phillips said. "We've got a lot of guys around here who just love to play football. I don't know necessarily that the reason we play well is because it's December. It's just another football game to get excited about."
The Chargers will have no problem getting excited for next week's game, as playing against the Cowboys comes with more hype than a Kardashian wedding. Interestingly enough, the Cowboys are the antithesis of the Chargers in December. While San Diego is known for its late-season runs, Dallas is known for its December disasters.
Both trends have proven true so far this season, as the Chargers are 1-0 in December and the Cowboys are 0-1 after falling to the New York Giants, 31-24.
"It's good that we've been peaking in December at the right time," Rivers said. "That's usually when you want to be playing your best ball and make that push to hopefully be playing into January, which we've been able to do the last three years.
"We've gotten going a little sooner this year and hopefully we can keep the momentum, or the progress, going. We make it an emphasis to just get one game better each week. We've been able to do that now for seven straight games. There's still a long way to go and the challenges ahead are big, but we know that and we're ready for it."
If the Chargers prove ready for the Cowboys and extend their December winning streak by one more game, the prize will be a big one -- the chance to host the Bengals in what could very well be a battle for the No. 2 seed in the AFC.
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