L.A. Chargers at N.Y. Giants
Time: NOON (CT)
Spread: NYG -3
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The New York Giants have stumbled out of the gates 0-4, but NFL oddsmakers expect things to turn around in favoring the Giants by 3-points at home over the visiting L.A. Chargers.
The Chargers are a winless 0-4 in its own right, so one of these two NFL football teams will be notching its first 2017 victory this Sunday. The game will air at Noon (CT) on CBS.
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The alarm sounded as to the decline of Eli Manning’s career seems to have been right on target. Manning has thrown for 1,113 yards, but he is good for just 6.7 yards per pass attempt and has been picked off four times, sacked eight, and has just six TD passes on the year. Manning also has only rushed for 21 yards on four carries, though he has recorded a rushing touchdown.
The question is not how much longer Manning has left, but how quickly the Giants will look to replace their 36-year-old. While Manning has been mediocre at best, the backfield has been less effective still. Leading rusher Paul Perkins is averaging less than two yards-per-carry. Shane Vereen is good for just 3.9 per attempt. The team overall averages only 3.2 yards per rush attempt, and there is no one to really turn that around.
Sterling Shepard has been a star at wide receiver, having caught 21 of 27 targeted passes for a team-high 254 yards and a touchdown, and he has 12 first downs on the season. Odell Beckham Jr. is back from injury had has 205 yards and two TDs on the season. Evan Engram joins the pair as the third receiver with 200 yards on the year, and he has caught 10 first downs, as well. The Giants reasonably can string together series of great pass plays, but even with Manning completing 70 percent of his passes (nearly), it is not quite enough with such a horrible backfield.
No Giants are threats to rush the football, and that is only going to make the sacks and interceptions pile up as Manning is forced to insist upon an offense that lacks sufficient weapons.
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The Chargers have lost three of its four games by three points or less, with the lone bad defeat a 10-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. So, the Chargers have been in games more or less, but the execution has been an issue for the team. Phillip Rivers has thrown four interceptions and been sacked six times, though he has thrown for steady 269.0 yards per game. The problem for Los Angeles, much like the Giants, has been a lack of options behind him.
Melvin Gordon has rushed for 168 yards but it has taken him 54 attempts (3.1 yards per carry) and he has only two TDs. Branden Oliver has been similarly ineffective with 3.4 yards-per-carry, and no other Charger has carried the ball more than once. Even with Rivers hosting three top-notch receiving options in Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin (all of whom have 180 yards or more on the season), it is going to be difficult to win football games with a backfield rushing for just 3.6 yards per carry.
Rivers is not a threat to rush the football, either, leaving this team as tragically one-dimensional as its opponent this Sunday. It will be a fairly entertaining and close football game, but these teams are winless for a reason and without adequate rushing options this is just a chance for two poor teams to get a ‘W’ against one another.