New York Giants vs Carolina Panthers : The New York Giants will be looking to bounce back from a 1-3 start, including a 33-18 loss to New Orleans in their last outing. Eli Manning has thrown for 1,055 yards in completing 74.2% of his 151 pass attempts with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Saquon Barkley leads the G-Men in rushing.
New York Giants vs Carolina Panthers
Despite changes to the coaching staff, front office, and several changes to their personnel, the New York Giants are once again off to a slow start as the team has only scored 20 points once in their four games this season.
“Obviously that’s up to the coach and his play calling, but obviously I think the goal is always to be balanced, it’s to run the ball, mix in getting the ball out quick, taking shots down the field, but it’s mostly just staying good down and distance and give yourself some chances to score touchdowns.”
The Giants will definitely need to have a more balanced attack against the Panthers to keep them off balance, and hope Barkley can wear down the defense. Barkley should get at least 20 carries on Sunday against a Panther defense that’s giving up 110 yards per game on the ground.
The Giants seem to always struggle against mobile quarterbacks and this year has been no different. The Giants have faced three mobile quarterbacks this season in Blake Bortles, Dak Prescott, and Deshaun Watson and have given up a combined 123 yards on the ground to these quarterbacks.
When these teams last played each other was in 2015 where the Panthers won 38-35 and Newton ran the ball eight times for 100 yards. The Giants can’t afford for him to have similar success on Sunday or they’ll once again come up on the losing end.
Winning all but one game against divisional rival, Atlanta, the Panthers have displayed their tendency to maintain their momentum and success – especially when healthy. There have been a few bumps along the way as both the offense and defense continue to gel with new coordinators, but the results have been mostly positive.
As for the New York Giants, they too are experiencing some growing pains under new coach Pat Shurmur. Opening with a difficult schedule, the Giants have lost home games to Jacksonville and New Orleans, in addition to a road loss at Dallas and their only win over the Houston Texans.
Combined with consistent pressure from the defensive line, the Panthers should take advantage of a Giants team struggling to find their identity under Shurmur. Carolina keeps their momentum after the bye, winning another and keeping pace in the NFC South.