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Scouting Report: Chargers vs. Giants

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Here is your scouting report for this week's game between the San Diego Chargers and New York Giants.

The New York Giants pay a rare visit to America’s Finest City on Sunday when they take on the Bolts at Qualcomm Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 1:25pm, and you can get your tickets right hereto see Philip Rivers and company square off against Eli Manning and Big Blue.

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A Look Back At Last Week

The Chargers posted a season-low 10 points in a 17-10 defeat to the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals.  A major culprit for the disappointing offensive showing was turnovers, as the Bolts offense committed three.  There were, however, bright spots, most notably Ladarius Green, who caught a touchdown in his second straight game, and Keenan Allen, who once again topped 100 yards receiving for the fifth time during his rookie season.

What to Watch For…

On Offense for the Chargers

The Bolts have five players this season — tight end Antonio Gates, running back Danny Woodhead, and wide receivers Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal — who all have at least 33 catches and a touchdown. Gates, an eight-time Pro Bowl pick and the team’s leading receiver seven of the last nine seasons, is again setting the pace. He leads the team with 64 catches, good for 726 yards (second on the team) and three touchdowns.  Just behind Gates is Woodhead, the NFL’s leader among running backs with 61 catches, good for 482 yards and a career-high five receiving touchdowns. Combined with two rushing touchdowns, Woodhead has also tied his career high for total touchdowns in a season (seven). Rounding out the quintet with at least 33 catches and a touchdown is a trio of wide receivers, led by Allen, a Rookie of the Year candidate and the team’s third-round pick this season out of Cal-Berkeley. He leads all NFL rookies with 58 catches and 843 yards to go along with three touchdown catches. With four games to play, Allen needs just two catches and 159 yards to set new team records for receptions and receiving yards by a rookie.

On Offense for the Giants

Last week, Eli Manning completed 22 of 28 passes for 235 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. He recorded his 24th fourth quarter comeback victory.  In two career games against the Bolts, Manning is 0-2, completing 49 of 74 passes for four touchdowns, no interceptions and a 107.2 passer rating.  His top target is Victor Cruz, a former undrafted free agent turned Pro Bowler who has 66 catches for 931 yards and four touchdowns this season. On the ground, the Giants have improved their rushing attack since the return of Andre Brown from a fractured leg.  He’s run the ball 83 times for 343 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per carry, with three touchdowns.

On Defense for the Chargers

Captain Eric Weddle is coming off his best game of the season vs. the Bengals. He secured his first interception of the season and the 17th of his career in the second quarter.  In the third, he had a one-yard tackle for loss that led to a Cincinnati punt on the first drive of the half. Then, in the fourth quarter, he returned a BenJarvus Green-Ellis fumble 27 yards to help set up a field goal

On Defense for the Giants

Justin Tuck entered last week’s game with 2.5 sacks, but he recorded a career-high 4.0 in one single game against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.  Jon Beason is also coming off a stellar game in which he recorded 17 tackles.

Series History

This week’s game marks only the 11th time the Chargers and Giants will have met. The series is all knotted at five wins apiece, though the Chargers have won the last two (2005 in San Diego and 2009 in New York) and three of the last four (1995 in New York). This is just the fifth meeting in San Diego where both teams have won twice.

By the Numbers

For the year, the Chargers rank fourth in total offense (401.6 yards per game), fourth in passing (292.4 ypg), 21st in rushing (109.2 ypg) and 16th in points (23.2). The Giants rank 27th in total offense (320.8 ypg), 18th in passing (233.1 ypg), 26th in rushing (87.7 ypg) and 26th in points (19.8).

Defensively, the Bolts rank 29th in total defense (386.6 ypg), 28th in passing (268.8 ypg), 22nd in rushing (117.8 ypg) and 13th in points allowed (23.1).  New York ranks 11th in total defense (332.9 ypg), 13th in passing (230.8 ypg), ninth in rushing (102.2 ypg) and 19th in points allowed (24.8).

Milestones on the Horizon

Keenan Allen is making a case for NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Allen leads all NFL rookies this season with 58 catches for 843 yards. He needs just two more catches to set a new team rookie record. LaDainian Tomlinson had 59 catches for the Bolts in 2001.

Allen is also inching closer to the team record for season yards by a rookie, set by John Jefferson, who had 1,001 yards in 1978. Allen needs 159 to break Jefferson’s record.

Antonio Gates is third on the team’s all-time receiving list with 9,047 yards. He needs 157 to pass Hall of Fame wide receiver Charlie Joiner (9,203) for second.

Gates has 21-career 100-yard games, sixth in team history. He needs one more to tie Wes Chandler for fifth and five more to tie Kellen Winslow’s mark (26) for most in team history by a tight end. Gates’ 21-career 100-yard games are fourth-most in the NFL by a tight end since 1960.

Philip Rivers needs 367 yards for his fifth-career 4,000-yard season. Rivers’ four 4,000-yard campaigns are most in team annals.

Rivers needs two touchdowns to extend his franchise-record streak of 25-touchdown seasons to six. In doing so, he’ll join Peyton Manning (13) and Drew Brees (8) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 25 touchdowns in at least six consecutive seasons.

Ryan Mathews (3,258 career rushing yards) is currently sixth on the team’s all-time rushing list. He needs 52 to move past the late Chuck Muncie (3,309) for fifth.

Mathews is tied for eighth on the team’s career rushing touchdowns list (17). He needs three to pass Tim Spencer, who ranks seventh with 19 and four to pass Mike Tolbert, who is sixth with 20.

Past Milestones

On Sept. 25, 2005, the Chargers rushed for 268 yards in an ESPN Sunday Night Football game against the Giants. At the time, it was the third-most in a game in team history.

On Nov. 8, 2009, Philip Rivers led the Bolts to a 21-20 win over the Giants at the old Giants Stadium at the Meadowlands with a game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds left in the game.

Playing for Seattle, Charlie Whitehurst made his first-career NFL start at quarterback against the Giants in 2010. He threw the longest touchdown pass of his career (36 yards) in the game.

Playing for New England, Danny Woodhead caught a four-yard touchdown pass against the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. He also had the longest postseason catch of his career (19 yards) in the game.

Playing for Washington in 2011, tackle Willie Smith made his first-career start against the Giants.

Tight end John Phillips caught the longest touchdown pass of his career (12 yards) against the Giants while playing for Dallas in 2011.

Connections

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was originally drafted fourth overall by the Giants in 2004 and traded to the Chargers a short time later for Eli Manning, whom the Bolts had tabbed with the draft’s first overall selection.

 Practice squad wide receiver Dan DePalma spent time on the Giants’ practice squad in 2011 and ’12.

Center Rich Ohrnberger is from Syosset, New York.

Special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer is a native of Queens, New York.

Secondary coach Ron Milus spent the 2004-05 seasons as the Giants’ secondary coach.

Assistant secondary coach Greg Williams went to training camp with the Giants after playing collegiately at North Carolina.

Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride went 6-16 as the Chargers’ head coach for the 1997 season and the first six games of the ’98 season.

Broadcast Information

Fox (Channel 5 in San Diego) – Kenny Albert(play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst), Tony Siragusa (sideline)

Rock 105.3 FM, XTRA Sports 1360 (San Diego) and AM 570 KLAC (Los Angeles & Orange County) – Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Hank Bauer (analyst), Mike Costa (sidelines)

Spanish Radio –XHFG 107.3 (San Diego) and KWKW 1330 AM (Los Angeles) – Jorge Villanueva (play-by-play) and Dante Lazcano (analyst)

All Chargers radio broadcasts are now being streamed live on the team’s official website, www.chargers.com. XTRA Sports 1360 Broadcasts with Josh Lewin (play-by-play) and Hank Bauer (analyst) will begin two hours before kickoff and continue for 90 minutes of postgame coverage after the game ends.

For a unique, one-of-a-kind look at the Chargers, be sure to tune in each week to Chargers Insider on Fox Sports San Diego.  The half-hour program will be the go-to destination for fans that want behind-the-scenes coverage and unique features on the team. Chargers Insider airs each week throughout the season on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. PT as well as Saturday’s at 11:35pm on KFMB, Channel 8.

 


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