Minnesota Vikings: 5 reasons Chargers will be tough to beat

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Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks on from the sidelines in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

5. Philip Rivers is a bad man

With his bolo ties and Alabama twang, Philip Rivers comes across like an amiable goofball. But make no mistake about it. Philip Rivers is a dang assassin.

Mike Zimmer’s gushing over Rivers during a conference call this week was not mere flattery. Zimmer absolutely appreciates what Rivers brings to the table (via NFL.com):

"“He’s really tough. I really love everything about him,” Zimmer said Wednesday, via Chargers PR director Bill Johnston. “In my opinion he’s one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, just because of the way he wins, the way he competes and fights. I love the guy.”"

The Vikings beat up on Matthew Stafford last Sunday and clearly knocked the heart out of him, but Philip Rivers is a different kind of guy altogether.

The Vikings may bring heat against Rivers and they may hit him a few times but they’re not going to knock him off his game.

The Vikes will have to bring it from start-to-finish defensively, and even if they’re on top of their game, Rivers might still pick them apart.

The Lions game was a relative cake-walk for Minnesota but it won’t be that way against San Diego. This one is going to be a fight right down to the wire.

The chess game between Rivers and Mike Zimmer’s D will be fun to watch.

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