New York Giants' Defense Must Find a Way to Slow Philip Rivers

By Daniel Brennan
Philip Rivers
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Although the New York Giants have managed to win five of their last six games, they haven’t conquered the strongest of opponents. On Sunday, New York visits the San Diego Chargers (5-7) led by Philip Rivers, who is in the midst of a monster season.

In their five victories, the Giants have beaten Josh Freeman in his Minnesota Vikings debut, Matt Barkley, Terrelle Pryor, Scott Tolzien and a struggling Robert Griffin III. Rivers, however, is a whole different kind of animal who has consistently proven that he can dominate a football game.

Rivers, now a 10-year veteran, is currently ranked fourth in the NFL in passing yards, as he’s already thrown for 3,633 yards this season. He’s also thrown for over 400 yards in a game three times and finished with a passer rating of 120 or better four times. On top of that, Rivers has a completion percentage 70 percent, which is good enough for first in the league.

Even though New York’s opponents haven’t been the pick of the litter, the team’s defense has shown improvements each and every week. Despite several injuries, the secondary has been solid all year with youngsters like Prince Amukamara and Will Hill stepping into larger roles without missing a beat. Even the pass rush, which was exceedingly sluggish in the beginning of the year, has started to come around recently. Justin Tuck led the way on the defensive line last week, racking up four sacks by himself.

On Sunday,the Giants can prove that their recent defensive effort is no fluke with a convincing performance. Of course, it would be nice if the offense was able to give them a little more support as well.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.


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