Giants vs. Chargers Week 14 pick and prediction

Joe Judge walks front view in navy blue sweatshirt with headset on

GIANTS (4-8) at Los Angeles Chargers (7-5)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m.

Spread: Chargers -10 1/2

When the Giants were scouting for Eli Manning’s heir apparent, there was one quarterback they were starting to fall in love with. They loved his arm, they loved his size, they loved his brain. And according to several members of the organization back then, he emerged as the early favorite at the top of their wish list.

They envisioned him as their quarterback for the next decade or more … right up until Justin Herbert decided to return to Oregon for his senior year.

The rest is a history that hasn’t worked out so well for a Giants team in a free fall at the moment. They eventually, of course, used the No. 6 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft on Daniel Jones, who will miss his second straight game on Sunday with what the team is still calling a “strained neck.” Herbert, ironically, was the No. 6 pick one year later, selected by the Chargers in some cosmic revenge for when Manning spurned them for the Giants 15 years earlier.

Herbert is one of the best young quarterbacks in football, having thrown 58 touchdown passes with just 21 interceptions in 27 games. He has seven 300-yard games this season, including three straight. And he’s thrown eight touchdown passes in those three games, too.

Jones has one 300-yard game in the last two seasons. He had thrown eight touchdown passes in his last eight games before getting hurt. And he’ll likely be replaced on Sunday by Mike Glennon, who needed 44 passes to throw for 187 yards in a 20-9 loss in Miami last Sunday and is now 2-16 in his last 18 starts dating back to 2013.

Yes, this mismatch really is as big as it seems.

This current Giants group won’t be thinking about what might have been with Herbert, but their defense surely would prefer to play with him instead of against him.

“I would say size-wise, it’s like Ben (Roethlisberger) when you’re dealing with Ben. In terms…

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