NFL Week 5 Pick: Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:39 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 10:39 PM UTC

There are some lousy matchups, if we are being honest, in Week 5 of the NFL season but none worse than the winless Chargers traveling across country to face the winless Giants. Survivor Pick: NY Giants.

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants (-3.5, 44.5)

Likely plenty of good seats available at MetLife Stadium for this dog game. Normally, the TV networks – in this case CBS – would be giddy about a Los Angeles team facing a New York one. Except they both stink and no one in L.A. cares about the Chargers. Frankly, the only interesting story line here, other than one club avoiding 0-16 (they are each too talented for that), would be the likely final NFL meeting between Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Giants counterpart Eli Manning. Of course, the Chargers selected Manning at No. 1 overall in the 2004 draft but he refused to play in San Diego (why!?). So he was traded for Rivers, taken fourth overall by Big Blue, and other pieces. Rivers has been the better regular-season quarterback but Eli has those two Super Bowl rings. New York will win this easily and could easily be 2-2 but lost on a field goal on the game’s final play the past two weeks.

  • Chargers are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
  • Giants are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
Free NFL Pick: Giants -3.5Best Line Offered: Heritage

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Chargers coach Anthony Lynn promised some lineup changes this week following a 26-24 home loss in Week 4 to Philadelphia, although I’m not quite sure what he plans. The Bolts have a nice trio of Rivers, running back Melvin Gordon and receiver Keenan Allen. You might see more of undrafted free agent running back Austin Ekeler in the passing game. The offensive line is also likely to be shuffled. The Giants could have a new starting tailback in Wayne Gallman. Paul Perkins left last week’s loss in Tampa with sore ribs and Gallman had 11 carries for 42 yards and caught both of his targets for eight yards and a touchdown. Odell Beckham Jr. will play here even though he suffered both finger and ankle injuries against the Bucs. These two offenses combine to average just 33 points, so the under seems the easy call.

  • Under is 5-2 in Chargers last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Under is 5-0 in Giants last 5 home games.
Free NFL Pick: Under 44.5Best Line Offered: BetCris

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