San Diego Chargers vs. New York Giants Preview and Pick – Point Spread

San Diego Chargers (4-3 SU, 2-5 ATS) vs. New York Giants (5-3 SU,
4-3-1 ATS), Week 9 NFL, 4:15 p.m. EST, Sunday, November 8, 2009, Giants Stadium,
East Rutherford, N.J., TV: CBS

by Badger of

Point Spread: Chargers +4.5/Giants -4.5
Over/Under: 47.5

The New York Giants will try and end a three game slide with a little
home cooking back in Giants Stadium when they welcome the San Diego
for a Sunday afternoon clash on CBS.

The G-men were embarrassed and humiliated on the road last weekend in
Philly against the NFC East rival Eagles, falling behind 30-7 by
halftime of what turned into a 40-17 whoopin. Its a good thing the
Yankees have distracted fans in New York, otherwise the Giants would
be facing a bigger mutiny for three straight lackluster performances
punctuated with the biggest dud of them all last week in Philly.

The Chargers come into Sundays game riding a modest two-game winning
streak, but before you get all warm and cozy inside remember that
they came against the weak sisters of the AFC West, Kansas City and
Oakland. Last weeks 24-16 victory at home over the Raiders was less
then spectacular, but it moved them back above .500 for the season
and back within striking distance of the Broncos in the AFC West

Oddsmakers opened the game with New York as 4-point favorites at home, but the early action on the game has moved the line up the hook
to 4.5 at a large majority of offshore sportsbooks. There are quite a
few books that have moved the number up a full point to Giants -5.

The over/under total opened at 47.5 and has yet to move, although
there are a few 48s currently on the board (at Planet Hollywood) and even one 47 (at Pinnacle), so you can move the
half-point in either direction if you so choose.

Sundays game could be a crucial one for quarterback Eli Manning and
Giants offense. Manning has thrown six interceptions during the three-
game losing streak and was even called out by head coach Tom Coughlin
this week when he said Manning had to be more of a leader, so theres
a lot riding on his shoulders this week.

And lets not forget that the Giants opponent this week currently
employs the quarterback they traded away to get Manning, Philip
, so there will undoubtedly be comparisons made between the two
signal callers all game long, especially if Manning continues to

Despite their recent woes the Giants still have the leagues 5th-
ranked offense (386.9 ypg), but they still rely on the strong running
attack of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw to gain most of that
yardage (141.8 ypg 7th).

On the other sideline the Chargers are clearly Rivers team, as his passing ability has turned the Bolts into a pass-first offense (276.3
ypg 4th). In fact, what in the world has happened to LaDainian
? The running back that once owned the NFL now barely sniffs
100-yard games and instead leads the leagues 31st-ranked rushing
attack at a measly 74.7 yards per game.

This week could be the week the running games take over though, for
both teams, since both defenses struggle to stop the run. The Giants
are 20th allowing 114.2 yards a contest, whereas the Chargers are
27th allowing 132.1 yards per game.

It will also be interesting to see if the Giants and their secondary can limit Rivers and the Chargers in the passing game as well, since the G-men are currently ranked 2nd overall allowing just 163.9 yards
in the air per game. The Chargers also sport a strong secondary,
ranked 6th at 178.4 yards per game.

These two havent met on the gridiron since the 2005 season, a game
the Chargers won 45-23 out in sunny California. They havent played
in New York since the 1995 season, a game also won by the Chargers,
27-17. All told theyve only played five games going back to 1986 and
the Giants hold a slim 3-2 SU edge, as well as a slim 3-2 ATS edge.

San Diego has struggled to cover on the road lately, going 3-7 ATS in
their last 10 games away from Qualcomm. But the Giants havent
exactly been printing money for bettors either, going 2-5 ATS in
their last seven games at home against teams with a winning record.

The strongest betting trend for this game could be the over, as it is
19-6-3 in the Chargers last 28 road games and 8-3-2 in their last 13
games overall. The over is also 3-1-1 in the Giants last five games
overall and is a strong 5-1-1 in the Giants last seven games in

Badgers Pick: Both teams will try and run against weak run
defenses, which means a continuous clock and less offensive
possessions. Take the under of 47.5.