Giants vs Chargers NFL Betting?
Giants and Chargers Meet With Playoff Lives In the Balance
Two teams that have made a habit of starting slowly and coming on strong toward the end of the season meet with their playoff lives on the line Sunday when the New York Giants head west to take on the San Diego Chargers.
N.Y. Giants (5-7) at San Diego (5-7)
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 8, 2013
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Giants vs. Chargers Betting Lines
New York Giants +3 +100 +150 Ov 47 -110
San Diego Chargers -3 -120 -170 Un 47 -110
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Both the G-Men and the Chargers are still mathematically alive but both are looking way up in the standings hoping a few will falter down the stretch.
The New York Giants, through all the misery this year still only stand two games back in the NFC East – remember 2010-2011 when they rallied to win their final four games of the season to gain a Wild Card berth at 9-7 to eventually go on to win the Super Bowl? The Giants will need to win out this year and even then a spot in the playoffs is far from guaranteed.
A lot has gone wrong for the Giants this year. Injuries, poor defensive play and Eli Manning’s struggles have all contributed and although each aspect of the game is improving, there are still obvious issues right now for this team.
Eli Manning is having his worst season as a pro – just 2,995 yards passing, Victor Cruz has caught 66 passes for 931 yards and four touchdowns (just one TD since Week 1!!!) while Hakeem Nicks has 44 catches for 654 yards and ZERO touchdowns – unbelievable.
At least the Giants have found a running game. Andre Brown’s return from injury has served as a necessary boon for this offense. He has 343 yards and three touchdowns on 4.1 yards per carry this season and is the only hope for the Giants running game down the stretch.
Now for the defense. This unit got off to a horrendous starts but has come around a bit – they are somehow 11th in total yards allowed, 13th in passing yards allowed and ninth in rushing yards allowed per game.
This after being ranked near the bottom in every statistical category the first half of the season. Truth be told, the D hasn’t been getting al lot of help from the offense – they have been forced to defend short fields more than their share of times.
The San Diego Chargers are another team that seems to crank things up in December but this team looked out of sync last week at home versus the Bengals. But overall the Chargers have exceeded many’s expectations this year in the toughest division in football.
Philip Rivers is having a Pro-Bowl caliber season – a nice bounce back – passing for 3,633 yards and 23 touchdowns for the fourth-best passing offense in the league.
Rookie Keenan Allen has been the story – 58 catches for 843 yards and three touchdowns on the year, Antonio Gates has turned back the clock and the combination of Ryan Matthews and Danny Woodhead have been formidable out of the backfield.
Matthew has 782 yards and 3 TDs on the year.
The Chargers are a well-balanced offense and Phil Rivers is playing with a confidence we haven’t seen in quite some time. The Chargers are no joke offensively – too bad about the defense!
San Diego enters this weekend ranking 29th in total yards allowed, 28th in passing yards allowed and 22nd in rushing yards allowed per game. This unit has had their moments but for the most part has left it up to the offense to get it done in games.
Week 14 Football Betting Prediction
A few trends to consider:
• Under is 9-1 in NYG last 10 games on grass.
• Under is 13-3 in NYG last 16 road games.
• Under is 6-2 in NYG last 8 games in December.
• Under is 6-2 in SD last 8 games overall.
• Under is 6-2 in SD last 8 games on grass.
• Under is 17-8 in SD last 25 home games.
The Giants beat an underwhelming Redskins last week and have won five of their last six games. Impressed? I’m not. The Giants offensive line is still an issue and so is the unflattering play of Eli. I have zero faith in the Giants right now to travel cross country and get it done versus the fourth best offense in the game.
New York’s defense is just too leaky and the G-Men’s offense is just too inconsistent for me to trust.
Pick: San Diego Chargers -3