L.A. Chargers over NY GIANTS by 3
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.