L.A. Charg­ers over NY GI­ANTS by 3

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

We’d be ly­ing to you if we said things are about to get bet­ter for the woe­ful Gi­ants. After three suc­ces­sive los­ing sea­sons, and then fi­nally crash­ing the NFL play­off party last sea­son, they are des­tined to re­turn to their old ways this year fol­low­ing a pa­thetic 0-4 start. Con­sid­er­ing the plight of 0-4 teams in Game Five (5-18 SU and 7-16 ATS since 2009), the good news for not-so-Big Blue is that the Charg­ers have yet to taste vic­tory this sea­son as well. And with this be­ing a 1:00 PM ET kick-off, there are no ex­cuses should the Gi­ants not han­dle their sleepy west coast vis­i­tors to­day. The prob­lem is – and there are many of them for NYG – the Gi­ants are 3-14 ATS as fa­vorites fol­low­ing an away game ver­sus non-di­vi­sion op­po­nents com­ing off a home game. In ad­di­tion, QB Eli Man­ning is 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS in his last six games ver­sus AFC West op­po­nents. On the flip side, Eli’s coun­ter­part, Philip Rivers, is 7-1 SU and 6-1-1 ATS in his ca­reer ver­sus NFC East op­po­nents. And not to men­tion the Charg­ers are 9-1 SUATS away fol­low­ing con­sec­u­tive home games. Early start aside, the bot­tom line is in his 182nd con­sec­u­tive NFL start, Rivers owns the su­pe­rior num­bers. And num­bers don’t lie. FYI: there have been only three matchups of 0-4 teams in Game Five since 1980 (the last was in 2003 be­tween Jack­sonville and San Diego). The dog went 2-1 ATS in those meet­ings.

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