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Chargers scouting report: New York Giants

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/09/21/sports/professional/chargers/22_48_439_20_05.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By: GARY HYVONEN - Staff Writer

    KICKOFF: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

    > SERIES: New York leads 5-3. Giants won last meeting 34-16 in 1998 at San Diego.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Eli Manning

    Of course all eyes will be on Peyton Manning's younger brother. Not only is he the trigger man for the Giants, but he comes to town as a villain. He vowed never to play for the Chargers before the 2004 draft and forced the team to trade him after the Chargers made him the No. 1 overall pick. So it stands to reason he will be booed regularly by the San Diego faithful. It remains to be seen if the Chargers players take the snub personally and use it as motivation. Either way, Manning remains a work in progress. He is competing less than 50 percent of his passes and has an ordinary QB rating of 76.3, having thrown three TD passes and two interceptions. He came on at the end of last year, posting ratings of more than 100 in two of his final three games, yet the Giants still prefer to rely on the running game, defense and special teams while allowing Manning to develop.


    Manning has thrown only 47 passes in two games. WR Plaxico Burress (10), a newcomer, and TE Jeremy Shockey (seven) are the only players with more than three catches. The key for the Giants is establishing veteran RB Tiki Barber, who is still going strong at 30. Barber has rushed for 145 yards in two games and leads the team in touchdowns with three, although he has uncharacteristically caught only three passes so far. Rookie Brandon Jacobs, a 260-pound bruiser, gives the Giants a nice change-of-pace back and a goal-line option. New York brought in free agent RT Kareem McKenzie to bolster the line, but Manning still has been sacked seven times. With McKenzie onboard, David Diehl is back at left guard, his best position; he plays next to stellar LT Luke Petitgout, a full-time starter since 2000. The Giants ranked only 23rd in the NFL in offense last year with fewer than 300 yards per game (295.1) and are gaining even fewer so far this season (266.0).


    The Giants were 28th in the league in rushing defense last season (134.9 ypg). So far this year, they have allowed a total of just 103 rushing yards in two games; part of the reason is they have enjoyed sizable leads while winning both games. Conversely, the Giants have been getting shelled through the air, yielding 691 passing yards; only San Francisco has allowed more. Three receivers already have gone over 100 yards against the Giants, and this weekend they will also have to deal with a quality tight end (Antonio Gates). DE Michael Strahan, who has more career sacks than any active player, remains a force despite battling back spasms. Fellow end Osi Umenyiora showed what he can do with two sacks in Monday night's 27-10 win over New Orleans. The Giants are permitting foes to convert nearly half of their third-down situations (16 of 34), yet they've managed to limit the Cardinals and Saints to three total touchdowns, and five different Giants have intercepted passes.


    Jay Feely, kicking outdoors after previously enjoying the comforts of the Georgia Dome, overcame a bruised back Monday to connect on his first two field goal tries for the Giants. .... The Giants took advantage of an extra home game when the NFL moved the New Orleans game to the Meadowlands because of Hurricane Katrina. The last time they were 2-0 was 2000, when the Giants reached the Super Bowl. ... Giants coach Tom Coughlin is 2-0 vs. Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer. Both wins came when he was with Jacksonville and Schottenheimer was at Kansas City. .... Giants quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride was the Chargers' head coach in 1997 and part of 1998, going 6-16 before getting fired. ... Chargers OT Roman Oben played his first four seasons with the Giants after being their third-round pick in 1996. Backup QB Philip Rivers was selected fourth overall in the 2004 draft by the Giants, then traded to San Diego along with three draft picks in the Manning deal.

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