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Giants hope West Coast ‘reset’ can result in upset over Chargers

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Giants left New Jersey on Dec. 4 and nonetheless haven’t made it again dwelling.

Their travels took them to Miami, the place they performed and misplaced to the Dolphins, to Tucson, Ariz., for six nights and three days of observe after which on a fast constitution flight to Los Angeles. They will face the Chargers on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. The Giants will return dwelling after the sport, 10 days after packing up for this prolonged highway journey.

Will they unpack one other loss?

This getaway couldn’t stow away all the bags the Giants carry with them, and that doesn’t check with any suitcases or backpacks. The sight of 5 — sure, 5 — quarterbacks sporting purple jerseys on the observe area on the University of Arizona is all you could find out about this weird state of affairs.

Daniel Jones is feeling high-quality, however doesn’t have medical clearance for contact and can miss a second consecutive recreation with a neck pressure. Mike Glennon, the backup, began and performed each snap within the 20-9 loss to the Dolphins final week. Glennon was identified with a concussion afterward, however has been cleared and can begin in opposition to the Chargers. Jake Fromm, signed off the Bills’ observe squad after Jones acquired harm Nov. 28 within the victory over the Eagles, regarded as if he was in line for his first NFL look, however now will function Glennon’s backup.

Mike Glennon

The state of affairs with the opposite workforce on the sphere can’t be extra starkly completely different. The Chargers hammered the Bengals final week in Cincinnati, powered by three landing passes from Justin Herbert, the 23-year-old shortly rising the chart at his place. Herbert has his workforce solidly within the playoff race. The Chargers (7-5) could be the No. 5 seed within the AFC if the season ended in the present day.

If the season ended in the present day for the Giants it may be thought of merciful. They will enter Sunday 4-8 and solidly in final place within the NFC East, figuring out their season will finish after their Jan. 9 recreation in opposition to Washington. The drudgery of the season took a hiatus within the Sonoran Desert, as head coach Joe Judge lessened a number of the wear-and-tear on the our bodies of his gamers and stored his workforce in hotter climates to raised acclimate the Giants to what’s going to await them (65 levels) on Sunday. The Giants performed at SoFi Stadium final season, shedding to the Rams.

“I feel this offers us the perfect probability of preparation to beat L.A.,’’ security Logan Ryan stated of the prolonged journey. “We’re not training within the snow in 33 levels after which going into SoFi, it’s a hotter place, I performed there final 12 months. It’s a greenhouse. It’s actually scorching on that area.’’

While in Tucson, the Giants stayed at a swanky lodge close to the mountains, full with a recreation room for hanging out. A bunch of gamers went to see the Arizona males’s basketball workforce crush Wyoming at McKale Center on Wednesday. A bunch dined collectively Thursday and watched the Vikings grasp on to beat the Steelers at a college-type sports activities bar close to campus.

“Good to reset,’’ receiver Sterling Shepard stated.

“I prefer it as a result of it’s form of like faculty,’’ working again Saquon Barkley stated. “You’re pressured to be along with your teammates much more. Not a nasty factor, which means being pressured, however we’re put in motels. We’re consuming collectively extra. We’re speaking crap, enjoying video games, watching soccer collectively — all of the stuff that you just form of have in faculty ball and also you miss. You don’t actually have that if you get to the NFL.’’

The Giants practiced, after all, however the really feel was extra coaching camp than down the stretch of the common season. Judge allowed Giants followers to look at some early intervals and media entry was relaxed across the area. Shepard was given the chance to stroll via the sphere home and keep away from a crowd of Tucson-area Giants followers, however he opted to take the surface route, stopping and signing and posing for footage.

“It’s form of like a, not a trip, however simply to form of get away from a traditional surrounding and luxuriate in some good climate, particularly in December,’’ particular groups coordinator Thomas McGaughey stated of Tucson. “You can stroll exterior and its 75 levels, that’s a fantastic factor.’’

If solely the Giants would have been extra deserving of all this.

“Whether we have been again dwelling or out right here, it’s powerful,’’ defensive lineman Leonard Williams stated. “Everything’s a little bit more durable if you’re shedding.’’

Even in nicer climate.

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