Eli Manning didn't want to play for the Chargers. We can't imagine he's too fond of playing against them, either. Manning threw two interceptions against the team that originally drafted him and San Diego kept its faint playoff hopes alive with an easy 37-14 win at Qualcomm Stadium over the New York Giants on Sunday.
Here's what we learned:
- Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has strengthened his case to be the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year. Allen had two first-half touchdown receptions and is headed for a 1,000-yard season. His first score was an athletic feat, as he kept his feet in bounds before making a diving tap of the pylon for six. Allen is a player.
- Remember when we all thought Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was past his prime? That was an incorrect inference. Rivers was brilliant again Sunday, shredding the Giants' secondary and looking like the best quarterback on the field. Eli Manning's two rings will always give him the upper hand in the argument of which team won the 2003 draft, but Rivers isn't done yet. Far from it.