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Giants - Chargers
Game 13 preview
Sun Dec 8, 4:25 PM - Giants at Chargers

Giants (5-7) vs Chargers (5-7)
The Chargers took a 17-10 loss last Sunday at home against the Bengals. The ten points scored was their lowest in a game this season. It was disappointing to the fans as the Chargers were coming off an exciting 41-38 win over division rival Kansas City.
Last Sunday night the Giants got their record up to 5-7, which is not bad coming off an 0-6 start. The 24-17 win over the Redskins keeps them mathematically alive in the division race, but the rest of the teams would have to play poorly for them to have a shot.

San Diego Chargers.
They are in the AFC West and that's a tough division to crack considering how Denver (10-2) and Kansas City (9-3) have been racking up wins. Even though the Chargers pulled off a surprising 41-38 upset over the Chiefs on the road to end a three-game losing streak, it wasn't enough to inspire their fans. Last week's home game against Cincinnati was the first blackout in the NFL this year. Earlier in October they avoided becoming the first team in more than 10 years, the final game of the 1999 Atlanta season, not to have a Monday Night Football home game televised locally. They won that game against Indianapolis and the next before dropping three straight and winning in Kansas City.
The Chargers won four straight division titles from 2006 to 2009. Since then it's been Kansas City in 2010 and Denver in 2011 and 2012 and it should be pointed out that none of these teams won the AFC conference title after that. Norv Turner was head coach for six years and with no playoff wins and with things spiraling downwards, he was replaced by Mike McCoy. The offense especially needed a boost and McCoy was coming off being the offensive coordinator for the Broncos. He helped guide them to their last two division titles with with diverse quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning.

Chargers Offense.
There's no doubt that quarterback Philip Rivers will keep his team in a game. Like Eli Manning he's come a long way from that draft day in 2004 and has also enjoyed much success. There have been no Super Bowl rings, but Rivers actually has a better win-loss percentage than Manning and a better completion ratio in each and every year. Rivers was behind Drew Brees and didn't become the starter until 2006 and trails Manning by 14 touchdowns, but has thrown 60 less interceptions. That's right 162-102. It's not a misprint.
The past two years have been down ones for Rivers, where he's thrown 35 of those interceptions and fumbled the ball 20 times. The offensive line gave up 49 sacks last year and that doesn't help any quarterback.
They've made changes to fix that and despite numerous offensive line combinations, Rivers has been sacked only 22 times. However, 10 of those have been given up in the past four games. Overall Rivers has thrown 23 touchdown passes and had just 9 interceptions on the year. Eight-time Pro Bowler tight end Antonio Gates, in his 11th season, is still a great target and he leads the team with 64 receptions for 726 yards and 3 touchdowns,. Ryan Matthews is the leading rusher with 782 yards and 3 touchdowns, and free agent running back Danny Woodhead has been instrumental as a first down maker on the ground or through the air. He's had 138 touches and 43 have resulted in first downs.

Chargers Defense.
The defense is the weakness of the Charger team and it's a big weakness. They're ranked very near the bottom in the NFL in overall total defense. They don't put very much pressure on opposing quarterbacks and try to bring pressure with blitzes that leave an already weak secondary even more exposed. They were however successful last week against the Bengals allowing just 190 passing yards, but that could be because Cincinnati decided to target their poor run defense in order to keep Philip River and his offense off the field longer. The Bengals ran the ball for 164 yards and wore them down. Corey Liuget is their best pass rusher and he suffered a knee injury during practice this week.

Giants Offense.
Eli Manning will likely be booed heavily by the San Diego crowd as fans won't forget that whole draft day ordeal where Manning indicated he wouldn't play for the Chargers. We doubt it will affect his game play as boos come with the territory and he will be concentrating on the Chargers secondary coverage and seeing how they cover Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Tight end Brandon Myers has connected well with Manning over the last two games where he has eight catches for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he did miss some practice this week nursing a groin injury.
Andre Brown will be key in this game. He's been back for only four games and he's run for 343 yards on 83 carries and scored 3 touchdowns. The Redskins focused on him last week, but allowed Peyton Hillis to average 7.5 per carry on his six runs. Brandon Jacobs is listed as doubtful for this game, but he made the trip out. Running the ball and moving the chains would keep Philip Rivers and his group off the field and that could be the right way to play this one.

Giants Defense.
They have their work cut out for them this week considering how they allowed Robert Griffen III to complete passes against them last week, especially in the first half where he was 16 of 17. Philip Rivers is the top quarterback in making completions happen and near the top in yards gained per attempt. This defense has been great at stuffing the run and did that well last week against Alfred Morris, dealing him his worst performance of the season.
However, they did let Morris catch all 3 passes targeted his way for 27 yards and Roy Helu completed all four of his for 34 yards. Guess what Rivers likes to do? Right, throw the ball to Danny Woodhead who leads all the running backs in the league with 61 receptions. Last game the Bengals went out of their way to stop Woodhead and Rivers threw his way only 3 times for two completions for 13 yards. So Giants, do that.
Justin Tuck came up big last week with four sacks and he leads the team with 6 1/2 sacks. The Chargers had a poor offensive outing last week and after having
just 13 turnovers all season they gave up 3 to the Bengals defense. Pressure could make a difference as the Giants are hurting in the secondary with cornerback Corey Webster out and Trumaine McBride and Terrell Thomas limited in practice this week.

Thanks to an NFL granted extension to lift the potential blackout, this game with the Giants will be televised in Southern California. Fox 5 and the San Diego County Toyota Dealers guaranteed the purchase of enough tickets and will work with local military and charitable organizations to distribute a portion of the purchased tickets. If anyone in the Charger fanbase is actually interested, they can't win the division race, but they still have a chance at the final AFC wild-card spot.
There are four games left and the Giants know that the Cowboys and Eagles play each other in their last game of the season. Accordingly, even losing three straight, one of these 7-5 teams would end up with at least 8 wins and both are currently ahead of the Giants in the tie breaker area. The Giants need to win all the remaining four games to finish at 9-7. The term is overused, but this is a 'must win' game for real this time if there is any slim chance at all.

NFC East
The Eagles (7-5) host the Lions (7-5) on Sunday at 1pm. At that same time the Chiefs (9-3) will be taking on the Redskins (3-9) in Washington. Later at 4:25pm, the Giants (5-7) will be playing in San Diego against the Chargers (5-7). The Cowboys (7-5) play in Chicago against the Bears (6-6) in the Monday night game at 8:30pm. The Eagles are the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.

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Giants Terrell Thomas, playing for the first time in his home state, bought 67 tickets for friends and family.

Giants coordinator Kevin Gilbride was the Chargers head coach in 1997 and part of the 1998 season.

Giants Eli Manning is 0-2 against the Chargers, 2005 against Drew Brees and 2009 against Philip Rivers.

Giants Eli Manning is 8-3 in playoff games including his two Super Bowl victories.

Chargers Philip Rivers is 3-4 in playoff games.

Chargers Philip Rivers has the highest completion rate in the league - 70 percent.

Chargers Philip Rivers welcomed his seventh child into the world (a baby girl) in October.

Chargers had four of their eight home games blacked out in 2012 and just one so far this season.

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