GI­ANTS, 28-27

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 5 MATCHUP - Gi­ants WR Bran­don Mar­shall.

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.

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