Big Blue Morning: Prepping for San Diego

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants

The news of the day: The Giants will return to work today to prepare for their trip to San Diego, where they'll face the Chargers on Sunday. It'll be the second game in San Diego in the career of Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who somewhat famously made it known he didn't want to play for them when he entered the draft in 2004 and they had the No. 1 pick. The Giants got crushed, 45-23, by the Drew Brees/LaDanian Tomlinson Chargers in Week 3 of the 2005 season, and Manning has not been back since. Hard to imagine there's much to dig up on that angle, but I'm sure it'll come up. We're also watching out for the status of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, whose shoulder injury kept him out of Sunday's game in Washington. I promise we will keep you all posted throughout the day.

Behind enemy lines: The Chargers are in the midst of their toughest schedule stretch of the season, as the game against the Giants will be the second of three they'll play in a 12-day stretch. They have to recover and travel to Denver to play the Broncos four days later. Both Manning brothers in less than a week for the Bolts.

Around the division: By the end of the 2013 calendar year, every English-speaking human in the Western hemisphere will have offered his or her thoughts on Robert Griffin III. Tuesday was Antrel Rolle's turn, and Rolle thinks Griffin takes too many big hits and has to accept that he always will. It's unlikely that Rolle is interested in helping Griffin with that particular problem, I'd think.

Around the league: The Giants rose one spot, back to No. 22, in the latest edition of the ESPN Power Rankings, which came out Tuesday. Their upcoming schedule offers a chance to move up and finish in the top half if they can win some games. But check out the rankings and our Spreecast video chat that goes with them. Thanks.