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The Giants had one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL last season, but they have improved dramatically in 2013.
One metric that demonstrates this improvement is that Big Blue has only allowed two 300-yard passing games all season—by the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning and Scott Tolzien of the Green Bay Packers. However, neither of these quarterbacks was able to eclipse 350 yards against New York.
Philip Rivers will be the first to achieve this mark against the Giants in 2013.
Even though the Giants have held up well against the pass this season, they have only been tested by one truly elite air attack, the Broncos’ in Week 2. The Chargers, however, should also be considered a top passing team, given how they stack up against the rest of the NFL in several key categories.
San Diego ranks in the top five in yards passing per game and yards per pass attempt. Also, the Chargers are first in completion percentage at a jaw-dropping 70 percent clip.
Not surprisingly, considering these numbers, Rivers already has four 350-plus yard passing games this season. On a near-perfect San Diego day, Rivers should be able to move the ball against New York’s secondary with ease.
He also figures to get plenty of pass attempts because San Diego probably won’t emphasize the ground game against a New York defense that has been phenomenal stopping the run versus running backs since Week 4. Over their last nine games, the Giants are allowing opposing running backs to gain only 58.7 rushing yards per game on 3.1 yards per carry.
All of these factors will lead to Rivers’ big day, but there is one more that will help him surpass the 350-yard mark.