One team is bound to get its first win of the season when the New York Giants host the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 5. Kickoff is at 1:00 EST on Sunday, October 8 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game can be seen on CBS in local markets.
The Giants enter the game as 3.5-point favorites at home. The over/under for the game is 44.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 5 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Chargers vs Giants Vegas Preview & Game Predictions
Both of these teams enter this game 0-4. Outside of their two-touchdown loss to the Chiefs, the Chargers have lost their other three games by a combined seven points, so they’ve been competitive in almost every game. Los Angeles was a blocked field goal away from forcing overtime against the Broncos in Week 1. The Chargers also gave up a late field goal to the Dolphins in another close loss.
Things have been almost as painful for the Giants, who have lost on a last second field goal in each of the last two weeks. New York’s biggest problem this season has been digging itself an early hole. In Week 3 against the Eagles, the Giants were held scoreless until the 4th quarter. Last week in Tampa Bay, the Giants fell behind 13-0 before starting their comeback.
These two teams haven’t played since 2013, so this is a rare meeting. However, quarterbacks Eli Manning and Philip Rivers are forever linked after being traded for one another during the 2004 draft. This appears to be the fourth and possibly final meeting between the two quarterbacks, with Rivers leading the Chargers to victory in the previous three games.
Free Pro Football Pick Against the Spread: Chargers +3.5
Obviously, neither team has played well enough late in games to actually win this season, which points me to the underdog. The Chargers have also had a propensity for losing close games, which makes me think this game will be decided by a field goal or less. Even though they are a west coast team playing an early game on the east coast, I’ll lean toward Los Angeles and the points.
One of the biggest problems facing both of these teams is the inability to run the ball. Melvin Gordon is averaging just 42 yards per game for the Chargers, and this week he’ll face a New York defense that has played well considering how little support the offense has provided. Meanwhile, the Giants look like they’ll turn to rookie Wayne Gallman as the primary rusher this week. But without better play from the offensive line, it may not matter who carries the ball.
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If neither team can generate a consistent ground attack, it will continue to put a great deal of pressure on both quarterbacks. When it comes to throwing the ball, the Chargers appear to have the better playmakers, especially with Odell Beckham Jr. still hampered by injury. However, the Giants also have the better secondary, holding both Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz to under 200 yards passing earlier this season. That’s another area where this game appears to be a stalemate.
Ultimately, it’s tough to envision this game being anything other than an ugly affair dominated by defenses. Regardless of what team wins for the first time this season, this is bound to be a field goal game, which makes the Chargers with 3.5 points the best bet.