"GAMEDAY: GIANTS VS. CHARGERS
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck vs. Chargers right tackle D.J. Fluker
Rookie D.J. Fluker, who was drafted 11th overall out of Alabama, has started all but one game this season. After starting eight of the first nine games at right tackle (he missed one game because of injury), he started the past three games at left tackle because of injuries. He’ll return to right tackle vs. Giants. He has allowed three sacks this season and the Chargers have given up just 22, the fourth-fewest in the NFL. Veteran Justin Tuck is coming off a performance for the ages, notching a career-high four sacks that earned him the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award. He had just 2.5 sacks entering the game but has been getting consistent pressure on the quarterback. He has been outstanding vs. the run all season. He has 43 tackles and 16 quarterback hurries in addition to 6.5 sacks this season.
Giants cornerbacks Prince Amukamara /Trumaine McBride/Jayron Hosley vs. Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen
Rookie Keenan Allen, a third-round pick out of Cal, has 58 catches for 843 yards and three touchdowns. His receptions and yardage leads all rookie receivers and he’s making a case for Rookie of the Year. The 6-foot-2, 211-pounder has team rookie record five 100-yard receiving games, including the past two. He’s one of three players, tight end Antonio Gates and running back Danny Woodhead are the others, with at least 58 receptions. Prince Amukamara has been solid, if unspectacular, this season. Trumaine McBride, who missed last week game with a groin injury - Jayron Hosley replaced him, has stepped in admirably for the injured Corey Webster. If the Giants can’t get any pressure on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, it could be a long afternoon for Big Blue’s secondary. San Diego ranks fourth in the NFL in total offense (401.6 yards per game).
Giants defense vs. Chargers running back Danny Woodhead
Danny Woodhead, who joined the Chargers this offseason as a free agent from the Patriots, has been a huge addition as a runner and pass catcher. His 61 receptions are tops among running back and have been good for 482 yards and a career-high five receiving touchdowns. He can catch the ball out of the backfield or lined up wide as a receiver. The one-time Jet has rushed for 288 yards and two touchdowns on 77 carries. His seven total touchdowns this season ties a career-high. The speedy and shifty 5-foot-8, 200-pounder will provide huge matchup problems for the Giants. Do they cover him with a linebacker, cornerback or safety?
That’s the percentage of passes that Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has completed this season, which leads the NFL. He has thrown 23 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He ranks in the top 10 in almost every major category including completions (third-304), passing yards (fourth-3,633), average gain (fifth-8.37), touchdowns (fifth), passer rating (sixth-104..4) and fewest interceptions (tied for seventh – min. 300 passing attempts).
DID YOU KNOW …
Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who famously had the fake girlfriend last season, has started the past nine games after being injured early in the season. A second-round pick, he ranks third on the team in tackles (65)."