Following a loss to the Miami Dolphins on the road, the New York Giants (4-8) head to LA for Week 14’s matchup. Meanwhile, the LA Chargers (7-5) are fresh off a win over the Bengals and will look to stay hot this week.
Can the Giants get back on track?
New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday, December 12, 2021 – 04:05 PM EST at SoFi Stadium
The Giants entered Week 13 as 6.5-point underdogs and are still the team getting the points this week. As for the Chargers, they were 2.5-point underdogs last week for are the heavy favorite for this matchup. According to Bovada, LA is a 10-point favorite over New York with the over/under at 43.
The Giants are coming off an ugly 20-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. Backup QB Mike Glennon completed just 23 of 44 passes for 187 yards and one interception, marking the fourth straight game that the Giants have passed for less than 200 yards. New York’s struggling offense enters Week 14 ranked 26th in the league for total yards per game, averaging 311.8, and 28th in points scored with an average of 17.6 per game. Oh, and it also doesn’t help that their defense ranks 18th in points allowed.
The Giants could be in bigger trouble this week with both Daniel Jones and Mike Glennon likely sidelined. Next up would be third-string QB Jake Fromm, who would get his first NFL start vs. the Chargers if Glennon doesn’t clear concussion protocol. But the problems don’t stop there. Star wideout Kenny Golladay is questionable to play while No. 2 receiver Sterling Shepard and No. 3 Kadarius Toney are set to be out with injuries this Sunday.
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The narrative is a lot brighter for the Chargers who shut down the Bengals 41-22 last week. Second-year QB Justin Herbert completed 26 of 35 passes for 317 yards and threw 3 touchdowns. The start of the game was stressful as Cincy only trailed by 2 points in the third quarter, but LA would go on to take a 17-point lead. Herbert has grown into his starting role this season, throwing for 3,547 yards, 27 touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions.
LA’s top receiving corps is also in trouble with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams both expected to be sidelined for this one due to COVID-19. Running back Austin Ekeler is also questionable with an ankle injury.
Even with the Chargers dealing with backup receivers, their offense led by Justin Herbert is a lot more trustworthy than the potential Jake Fromm-led offense. No matter what, New York is going to have to rely on their defense and that is not going to be a pretty sight. LA should cruise by on Sunday.
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