Week 3 Game Recap: New York Giants 23, San Diego Chargers 45
What you need to know
The Giants got blown away in this game by a dynamic Chargersí offense. Other than the last half of the second quarter, when the Giants scored 17 unanswered points, the game was all Chargers. Eli Manning led the offense well, showing no signs of letting an angry San Diego crowd affect his performance. The running game never got on track though, and playing from behind all game made the offense largely one dimensional.
Manning had a career day for yardage, finishing with 352 yards and two touchdowns. He was poised in the pocket and made good decisions, hitting 24 of 41 attempts. He did have a few instances where he struggled with accuracy though.
Shockey was the major recipient of his looks, and made a couple of great catches, finishing with over 100 yards. Barber, though, was affected most by the strong offensive performance of the Chargers, gaining only 60 yards on 15 carries as the running game was abandoned throughout much of the game as the Giants tried to play catch up.
The Chargers played the entire game with a high level of intensity and urgency. Their offensive attack was potent, with six touchdowns and a field goal coming off their first nine drives. Despite only leading by one point at the half, the Chargers managed to end the game on a 24 to three point run and earn their first victory of the season.
LaDainian Tomlinson finally looked like the consensus number one fantasy player in the league, rushing for 192 yards on 21 carries, for an unbelievable 9.1 yards average. He ran in three touchdowns and even threw one to Keenan McCardell. Drew Brees played excellently as well, completing 19 of 22 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
Aside from the late portion of the second quarter, the San Diego defense mostly kept the Giants in check. They gave up a lot of yardage, but they made enough plays to allow their offense to run away with the game in the second half.
What you ought to know
|QB Eli Manning, Pass: 24 - 41 - 352 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 13 - 0|
Manning managed a career mark in yardage. He hit both Plaxico Burress and David Tyree for touchdown passes. He showed remarkable pocket presence and the ability to feel pressure, even running on a few scrambles to gain first downs. Though his numbers were good, he looked rather inaccurate on many of his throws. The Giantsí receivers made a few spectacular catches, most of which were thrown either too high or behind Manning's target. Nevertheless, it is clear Manning is comfortable in the Giantsí offense, and has favorite targets in Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey. He threw two would be interceptions, although one was caught out of bounds and the other was called back due to penalty.
|RB Tiki Barber, Rush: 15 - 60 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)|
Barber ran the ball well but never had the opportunity to get into a rhythm. The prolific offense of San Diego forced the Giants to throw the ball more, and Barber's opportunities were severely reduced by it.
Ward played during the fourth quarter, once the outcome of the game had been settled.
The Giantsí short carry specialist saw limited action, as he only managed one play on the Giantsí initial drive of the game. He appeared to be injured in some way after the play.
Tyree caught the Giants' second touchdown of the game, barely breaking the goal line on a short out in the second quarter. He also had a fumble recovered by the Chargers later in the game, sealing the Giants' loss.
Burress was highly targeted by QB Eli Manning, but only managed five catches on those 14 targets. Many of the throws were behind Burress or defended well by Chargersí defenders, although a couple miscues could be blamed on him as it appeared he either ran the wrong route or didn't give much effort to the play. He made a nice catch on a fade route for a touchdown in the second quarter. He didn't start the game due to tardiness for a team meeting earlier in the week.
Toomer was Manning's third favorite target, pulling down four catches on eight targets. Three of his receptions were in the first half, and the last was the biggest, going for 37 yards in garbage time. All of his catches were for ten or more yards.
Manning hit Carter for a nice 44 yard reception during the Giants' best offensive phase of the game; the end of the second quarter.
Shockey looks to have excellent chemistry with Eli Manning. Manning trusts Shockey and delivers him the ball in places where he can make good catches. He had a phenomenal grab between and over two defenders in the early going. He also had a deep pass hit him in the facemask and fall incomplete while open.
Shiancoe made one grab for five yards. He had a long reception called back on an offensive pass interference call on Jeremy Shockey.
Feely was perfect, hitting both extra points and hitting on field goals of 22, 40, and 28 yards.
The Giants were completely decimated in this phase of the game, allowing LaDainian Tomlinson to run all over them to the tune of 192 yards and three touchdowns.
The Giantsí pass defense was probably aided by the horrendousness of the rush defense, as the Chargers only threw the ball 23 times. The problem was the 20 of those throws went for completions, with three of those touchdowns. Antonio Gates and Keenan McCardell scored touchdowns, with McCardell's second coming on a pass from running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
|QB Drew Brees, Pass: 19 - 22 - 191 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0|
Drew Brees was phenomenally accurate against the Giants, going 19 of 22. He hit both Antonio Gates and Keenan McCardell for touchdowns. He led his team on seven scoring drives. Despite a relatively low yardage total, he was nearly perfect.
|RB LaDainian Tomlinson, Pass: 1 - 1 - 26 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 21 - 192 - 3, Rec: 6 - 28 - 0 (7 targets)|
Tomlinson finally showed why he is widely considered the best running back in the game. He made numerous plays of exceptional quality, including three rushing touchdowns and even a 26 yard half back pass to Keenan McCardell. The Giants couldn't stop him, as evidenced by his 9.1 yards per carry average. He even managed to get his first receptions of the season, making good on six of the seven targets thrown his way. It was a special game for a special player. He lost a fumble in the second half that led to the Giants' second touchdown.
Most of Turner's work came in garbage time, once the outcome of the game was settled late in the fourth quarter.
|RB Lorenzo Neal, Rush: 2 - 14 - 0, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (1 targets)|
The fullback Neal was rewarded for his punishing, Tomlinson-springing blocks with two carries.
Sproles saw most of his action returning kickoffs and punts, although he made the most of his one carry in relief of Tomlinson. His 21 yard scoot showed off the quickness and speed that makes him effective, despite being undersized.
McCardell made good on all four of his targets, including two touchdowns. The first came from the arm of Drew Brees, while the second on a half back pass from Tomlinson. He made an outstanding catch to get the Chargers in the red zone on their third touchdown drive.
|WR Eric Parker, Rush: 1 - 30 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (4 targets)|
Parker made two snags in the game, but his biggest play was a 30 yard reverse set up by a nice Drew Brees block. He also had a touchdown reception called back on a penalty in the second half.
Gates looked great, using his sure hands to receive all six balls thrown his way. Clearly he is a favorite target of Drew Brees, and his playmaking ability earned him 92 yards and a touchdown.
Peelle was not a factor in the game, but did make one catch for one yard.
Kaeding was perfect on all six PATs and his field goal of 44 yards.
San Diego's run defense played well, although they weren't tested much after the first half, thanks to the Chargers' explosive offensive performance.
Despite allowing a ton of yardage to Manning, the secondary generally kept the Giants' receivers out of the end zone, and made some nice plays on a couple of passes. The pass rush got to Manning for two sacks. Although no interceptions showed up in the box score, the Chargers did make two that didn't count; one out of bounds and the other that went back for a touchdown called back on a penalty.