Consensus line: Giants by 31⁄ Prediction: Because quarterbacks Eli Manning and Philip Rivers ended up in different conferences, they have started against each other only twice in 13 seasons (Rivers wasn’t a starter when the teams played in 2005). The Chargers have won all three games since they both entered the league: 45-23 in San
Diego in 2005, 21-20 at New York in 2009 and 37-14 in San Diego in 2013. The Chargers lead the series 6-5. This game starts a stretch of three home games in the next four for the Giants, while the Chargers will play four of their next five on the road. Chances are that it will be close, and one of the teams has to win. Or do they?
uSTART: Chargers RB Melvin Gordon. Gordon, after getting 22 yards on 10 carries in Week 4, has failed to top 80 rushing yards in any game and has fewer than 25 yards in two of them. Facing a Giants run defense that gives up 4.6 yards per carry is just what Gordon needs.
uSIT: He has 14 receptions over his last two games but is failing to separate from defenders and has 112 total yards. The Chargers rank sixth in the NFL against the pass.