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Sun Sept 22, 1:00 PM - Giants at Panthers

Giants (0-2) vs Panthers (0-2)
Last week the Panthers fought hard in Buffalo and ended up with a 24-23 loss. In the fourth quarter they had just scored a field goal that put them up by six with only 1:38 on the clock for the Bills who had no timeouts. The Panthers defense allowed EJ Manuel, the Bills rookie quarterback, to work a game-winning 80-yard touchdown drive to steal the game away from them.
The Manning brothers faced off for the third time in their careers last week. Each time Peyton Manning had won and this time was no different and his Denver team left MetLife Stadium with a 41-23 win. Going in, the Giants fans may have enjoyed the spectacle of seeing this matchup live, but the results now have the Giants at 0-2, the same record they had in 2007 when they went on to win the Super Bowl.

Carolina Panthers.
In 2011 Ron Rivera, in his first year as Panthers head coach, took a team that was 2-14 to 6-10. He barely nudged that up to 7-9 in 2012, and in both those years the Panthers got off to a slow 2-8 start. Now in 2013 they are sitting at 0-2, and are looking for some kind of break. The schedule had them starting against the Seahawks. Not great, but at least it was a home game and not in Seattle so call that a small break. The Panthers were winning in that game in the fourth quarter 7-6 and had held Seattle without a touchdown up until then. When that happened they couldn't come back and lost 12-7
Last week was another sad story as the Panthers had the Bills on the ropes needing a touchdown to avoid a loss, which the Bills did in the final seconds. And so it goes for the Panthers, 'close but no cigar' as they say and it's a repeating factor under Rivera. Now the team is 2-14 in games decided by a touchdown or less with him as head coach. This week they face the Giants who are not an easy out, and if they lose the Panthers find themselves sitting on their hands at 0-3 and with an early season long bye week to suffer through.

Panthers offense.
Cam Newton is a dual threat at quarterback or at least he used to be. So far in two games he has rushed 9 times for 53 yards, and as a passer has thrown 3 touchdowns against 1 interception, averaging 5.8 yards per completion. Surprisingly that's actually just a bit less than his running average, and it almost looks like they are trying to develop Newton into being a short distance pocket passer.
Maybe they are just waiting to unveil the dual threat on the right team at the right time. Last year Newton was the team leader in rushing yards. Pro Bowl running back DeAngelo Williams came close and was the next leading rusher and currently holds the team lead with 171 yards. Williams is taking advantage of this new style of offense and is fifth in the league in rushing yards.
Mike Shula was the quarterbacks coach and is now the offensive coordinator and it seems Shula has changed things up a bit, maybe to keep his quarterback intact for the longer run. Wide receiver Steve Smith is 34 and in his 13th season. Last year Smith had the most catches and yards per catch on the team. He is currently second with his 11 catches to tight end Greg Olsen who has 12. Former Giant Domenik Hixon might see some playing time but, Ted Ginn has been doing just fine.

Panthers defense.
This defense gives up a lot of yards, but is stingy in points being scored against them. They are strong up front, but their secondary, which wasn't that good last year, has sustained numerous injuries. Over the last two games just about every three out of four passes has resulted in a completion against this defense. Free safety Charles Godfrey suffered a torn Achilles tendon and cornerback Josh Thomas suffered a concussion last week, and he and three other cornerbacks missed or were limited in practice this week. Last season Charles Johnson had 12.5 sacks and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has yet to let former Giant Chase Blackburn in the game for some defensive snaps. Three time Pro Bowler, linebacker Jon Beason, is playing while trying to recover from microfracture surgery on his right knee. Beason had agreed to a pay cut this year, but can recoup some of it if he is active for all 16 games. It would be great for the team if he could return to form, but in the meantime it could hurt.

Giants offense.
Eli Manning needs to turn things around after throwing seven interceptions in the first two weeks. Some were 'desperation passes', but one thing is for sure, Manning needs to throw less passes than he's been asked to, or maybe feels he needs to. With an NFL low 73 rushing yards in two games, it's hard to do that. Last week the offensive line run-blocking was so poor that on eight carries, the Giants ran for zero or negative yardage. The Giants need a running game to balance this offense.
It's going to be hard for Manning to resist the temptation to throw the ball downfield as the Panthers secondary has been decimated by injuries. This game might afford them the right opportunity to take advantage of that and use it to get the running game started. Rookie Justin Pugh has played in only two NFL games and last week David Baas was playing in his first game coming off a preseason MCL injury. It does take time for an offensive line to gel and hopefully it will begin to happen this week.

Giants defense.
Last week Peyton Manning completed 69.7 percent of his passes to eight different receivers working against a Giants defense that was back on it's heels. The Panthers passing approach is far less encompassing, and if they want to keep Cam Newton in the pocket, they'd better provide a better version of it. Last Sunday Newton was sacked six times and had numerous overthrows to receivers while dealing with the pressure of a collapsing pocket.
The Giants are anxious to establish a good pass rush, but will have to remember that Newton might start using his feet again and that tight end Greg Olsen had 7 catches for 98 yards in last years game against them. Run defense can't be an afterthought as DeAngelo Williams is making the most out of his opportunities. Cornerback Corey Webster is out for this game and Aaron Ross will get the start.

The one thing that's interesting is that former Giants Chase Blackburn and Domenik Hixon haven't really been utilized by the Panthers at all except for special-teams activity. Blackburn certainly would have seen action by now at linebacker for the Giants and Hixon was brought to Carolina to possibly fill the third receiver slot. Will they get a chance to make an impact in this game against their former team? It will be interesting to see how all this plays out.
The Giants are blessed that they are 0-2 and their competition in the NFC East is no better than 1-1. By the end of this weekend, there's a possibility they could be tied with a 1-2 record with the others in the division. In any event, getting that first win will take a bit of the pressure off as the Giants prepare to travel to Kansas City. Andy Reid is waiting there with his new team and has already beaten two NFC East teams. He, knows the Giants very well, has new tools at his disposal, and has a few extra days to prepare.

NFC East
They Eagles (1-2) have already played their game against Kansas City (3-0) on Thursday. Their old coach, Andy Reid, was able to come out on top 26-16, and leave town with the best record in football, since the other 2-0 teams have yet to play three games.
The rest of the NFC East teams play their games at the same time as the Giants, on Sunday at 1pm. The Cowboys (1-1) host the Rams (1-1) and the Redskins (0-2) host the Lions (1-1). All of the NFC East teams are favored to win their Sunday games.
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Giants passing game leads the NFL with 390.5 yards per game.

Giants running game is last in the NFL with just 36 yards per game

Giants ran for only 23 yards on 19 carries last week, the franchise's lowest total in 24 years.

Giants opponents have scored 77 points in two games.

Giants are 4-3 against Carolina in regular-season games.

Panthers under coach Rivera have lost 10 games in which they've held a lead in the fourth quarter.

Panthers Domenik Hixon caught 39 passes for 567 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Giants last year.

Panthers Chase Blackburn and Domenik Hixon were part of the Giants Super Bowl-winning teams in both 2007 and 2011.
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