When Eli Manning was drafted he was the first overall pick by the San Diego Chargers, but he did not want play there, and he was then traded for Philip Rivers who was picked fourth overall. This Sunday Eli Manning and Phillip Rivers will lead their respective teams in a week 14 match up in San Diego. The San Diego Chargers (5-7) still have a small chance to make the playoffs, and need a win to stay in the race. The New York Giants (5-7) are out of the playoff picture right now, and are not likely to get back in it. The Giants are going cross country to hostile territory, and this matchup is not in their favor.
The Giants defense has been horrible on the pass rush all season, but they got a needed boost with Justin Tuck’s four sack game last week. The Giant will need a repeat performance against Phillip Rivers, who has the highest completion percentage in the NFL with 70%. Phillip Rivers also has 23 touchdown passes, and just nine interceptions, compared to Eli Manning’s league leading 18. Phillip Rivers is a major reason why San Diego’s offense is ranked fourth in the NFL.
Along with that fourth ranked offense comes a lot of weapons for Phillip Rivers to use, like Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal, and Danny Woodhead. These guys will cause matchup problems for the Giants on defense, especially Danny Woodhead out of the back field. Danny Woodhead has 61 receptions for 482 yards and five touchdowns. The Giants pass rush has to step up and level the playing field by pressuring Phillip Rivers, because they can’t stop all these weapons.
As for the Chargers defense, they have not been so good this year, and that might help the Giants stay in this game. The Chargers defense averages 23.1 points allowed per game. If the Gants can protect Eli Manning, he should be able to do well in the passing game. Also the Gants running game has to be effective so the Giants can control the tempo.
This game should be a good one, and has the potential to be an offensive showcase and shootout. In the end the Chargers are going to be the winners. They have that advantage of being at home, and that the Giants have to travel across the country to San Diego. Charger win this one 38-27.