The Giants fall deeper into the abyss as Week 5 looms


But when we take a look at first downs in the first half - before the score of the game truly begins to have an impact on play calling - the Chargers are relying heavily on their ground game and routinely putting Rivers at a disadvantage.

The Giants also join the Chargers in the category of 0-4 teams.

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves told him after Sunday's game that he knew what routes were coming.

Beckham doesn't seem too concerned, however.

Last season they secured one of the two wild card berths with an 11-5 record, second in the NFC East behind the 13-3 division champion Dallas Cowboys.

"I'm just thankful I've been able to be out there", said Rivers, who played with a torn ACL in his right knee in an AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots after the 2007 season.

"I don't want to spend my time talking about what we did in Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4", Marshall said, per John Healy of the New York Daily News. The difference is we found a way to win a couple games that were tight early in the season past year. Needless to say, the rookie has a great matchup against one of the league's worst run defenses in Week 5. But we've got to win one first. At worst, the Giants would not have had 2018 as a year for free agency and instead would have focused on who they could re-sign.

"I think that sometimes the size limits me in certain aspects, but I think it also gives me a good advantage in others", Jones said. The big free-agency signings of today are often disappointments three years down the line, as they tend to become big-money items doing little more than eating up cap room. It wasn't an all-time display by any stretch of the imagination, but with Wayne Gallman, the Giants look like they might have that bit of juice at running back they have craved since the Earth Wind and Fire days of 2008.

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Steve Spagnuolo's unit is no longer stopping the run, it is giving up big plays, missing tackles, and now it is fighting injuries heading into Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers, who like the Giants are winless in four games.

"So, there's a split second where you're like, 'Oh, they're coming on your back.' And, I told [Eli Manning] the play before that, I caught the ball, ran on the sideline soaking wet, wiped my trousers, gloves still soaked, wiped the jersey - soaked". You know I'm running a slant.

"You don't want to go back into a training camp mode, but you want to get pretty close".

"When you go against guys like that, or you're with guys like that, there's not a lot they haven't seen". It just has to be that mentality. Now is the time you have to have it. Trouble is, Rivers has been sacked four times, hit 22 times and had 24 quarterback pressures.

"I don't want to miss a game and not be out there for my teammates and everything like that, but main thing is getting healthy so I can be out there longevity-wise and help contribute", he said.

The Giants will have a recovery day on Friday and a final practice Saturday.

"It's very tough", said safety Landon Collin of the Giants allowing the Buccaneers to march downfield to set up the winning field goal. However, Rivers has more weapons and pieces around him. The setback brings Los Angeles' record to 0-7 straight up and 0-6-1 against the spread in the club's last seven games decided by seven or fewer points. "You can fight through all the pain in the world, but losing games is not fun".