Giants at Chargers Preview

The San Diego Chargers will welcome a nationally televised audience to Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday night when the New York Giants come to town.

LEADER 5-3  
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 0-0 Schottenheimer: 3-3
LAST WEEK W 27-10 at Saints L 20-17 at Broncos
LAST GAME 9/27/98: Giants 34 at Chargers 16. New York has 4 INTs & scores 21 points off those turnovers, including Percy Ellsworth's 20-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST ESPN (5:30 PM PT): Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, Paul Maguire, Suzy Kolber (Field reporter). CBS Radio: Joel Meyers, John Riggins, Rick Walker (Field reporter).
PASSING Manning: 23-47-337-3-2-76.3 Brees: 33-58-384-2-3-67.0
RUSHING Barber: 35-145-4.1-2 Tomlinson: 38-124-3.3-3 (T1C)
RECEIVING Burress: 10-140-14.0-1 McCardell: 13-177-13.6-2 (T1L)
OFFENSE 266.0 252.0
DEFENSE 370.0 316.0
SACKS Strahan: 2.5 Foley: 2.0
INTs 5 tied: 1 Jue: 1
PUNTING Feagles: 43.7 Scifres: 42.3
KICKING Feely: 15 (9/9 PAT; 2/2 FG) Kaeding: 11 (5/5 PAT; 2/2 FG)


Head coach Marty Schottenheimer served on the New York Giants staff in his first NFL coaching job as linebackers' coach (1975-76) and defensive coordinator (1977).

In the past five games vs. NFC, opponents quarterback Drew Brees has nine touchdowns vs. four interceptions.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has scored a rush TD in an NFL-record 14 consecutive games. Tomlinson (14) needs a rushing or receiving TD vs. the Giants to surpass Hall of Fame back O.J. Simpson (14) for 2nd-most consecutive games with a touchdown scored (Hall of Fame running back Lenny Moore, 19).

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell stands sixth in the AFC with 13 catches. McCardell has 24 catches vs. NYG in four career games for 285 yards. Tight end Antonio Gates has five-plus receptions in ten of past 13 games played.

Linebacker Steve Foley is one of two AFC linebackers with 2.0 sacks (Joey Porter, Pitt.). Rookie defensive end Luis Castillo was reared in Brooklyn, Manhattan & Garfield, NJ.

Rookie kick returner Darren Sproles leads AFC with a 31.0 KR average. He has a 49-yd kick return for 4th-longest in conference.


They lead NFL with 69 points scored and are seeking their first 3-0 start since 2000,

Quarterback Eli Manning has thrown a touchdown pass in three consecutive games. The Chargers originally selected him with the first pick in the 2004 NFL Draft before being traded to the Giants,

Running back Tiki Barber has 100 yard rushing games in two of his last four games vs. AFC opponents. He rushed for 83 yards vs. Saints, becoming the first player in franchise history with 7,000 career rushing yards (7,072). Rookie 4th-round running back Brandon Jacobs is tied for the NFL lead with three 3rd-and-1 conversions. He has two touchdown runs, tied for NFL rookie high.

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress has two touchdown receptions in his only career game vs. the Chargers on 12/21/03 (with Steelers). Tight end Jeremy Shockey has 190 career receptions & needs 10 for 200.

The Giants' defense has allowed one offensive touchdown in two games. The unit is allowing 51.5 rushing yards per game, 2nd-fewest in NFL (TB).

Defensive end Michael Strahan seeks a sack in his fourth consecutive game. He has 120.5 career sacks and needs 1.5 to pass Clyde Simmons (121.5) for 11th most all-time.

The Giants special teams leads the NFL with an average drive start on kickoffs at the 38.8 yard-line.

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