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Game 5 preview
Sunday Oct 7, 1:00 PM - Giants at Carolina

Giants (1-3) vs Panthers (2-1)
Last week the Panthers were on an early season bye after playing in just three games. The week earlier they had hosted the Cincinnati Bengals, and won that game 31-21.
The Giants started out strong last week playing at home against the New Orleans Saints. They weren't able to sustain an early lead and took a 33-18 loss.

The Carolina Panthers
The Panthers finished up last season with 11 wins and 5 losses, and even that wasn't enough to take the NFC South division title. They were edged out by the New Orleans Saints who had the same record, but a better division win-loss record. Both those teams lost their final game of the season. A Panthers win over the Atlanta Falcons would have given them the title. The Panthers played their wildcard game on the road in New Orleans and came up short, in a 31-26 loss to the Saints.
This year the Panthers are probably not happy that they drew such an early bye week, and that their one loss to date was a division game. It was to the Atlanta Falcons who are 1-3, having won only that one game with them. Since 2012 the Panthers have been an up and down team, winning 7-12-7-15-6, and 11 games in those years. They'd like to break that trend, and are looking to build on their record this week at home against a Giants team that looks on the surface to be an easy matchup for them.

Panthers Offense
You can't help but notice that the Panthers are the number one team in the NFL with their running game, and that quarterback Cam Newton is their second leading rusher. Newton has 3 rushing touchdowns and has no problem using his arm as well. He's thrown 5 touchdowns to five different receivers. The Panthers top runner, and second leading receiver, Christian McCaffrey, has no touchdowns, but he sure gets the offensive unit downfield. In the last game he played, he caught 2 passes for 10 yards, and ran the ball 28 times for 184 rushing yards.
That's not a misprint, and maybe McCaffrey did enjoy having this bye week to rest up. Wide receiver Devin Funchess is second to McCaffrey in catches, just as he was last season, but in his role as a receiver he had more yards, and now also leads in that area. The Panthers deep threat is veteran Torrey Smith, a free agent they signed for that role in the offseason. Smith played last season with the Eagles, so the Giants have seen him twice.

Panthers Defense
Defensive tackle Kawann Short is off to a strong start this season in the three games, with two sacks, and defensive end Mario Addison has 2.5. The team has eight overall. Short, who was one of the players drafted by general manager Dave Gettleman when he was with the team, is thought of for his run stopping abilities, but he has other skills to go with that, and in 2015 he notched 11 sacks. Short will be up against Gettleman's second-round pick for the Giants, Will Hernandez, who has been playing well alongside left tackle Nate Solder to protect Eli Manning's blind side.
The Giants had said after last week that maybe they should have established more of a running game with
Saquon Barkley who had a season-low total of 10 carries. The Panthers secondary has shown improvement over last year, and in their last two games they contained Julio Jones and A.J. Green, keeping each one to less than 65 yards and out of the endzone. Cornerback James Bradberry will be tracking Odell Beckham Jr., who is looking for his first touchdown of the year.

Giants Offense
Two weeks ago, the Giants came away with their first win of the season. It was in Houston against the Texans, and Eli Manning and his offense delivered on what people were expecting, or at least hoping for, going into the season. They had a balanced offense that ran the ball 27 times, and passed it 29 times. Saquon Barkley ran for 82 yards on 17 carries for 4.8 yards per carry, and had one a rushing touchdown. Odell Beckham Jr. caught 9 out of 10 passes for 109 yards, and he logged his second 100-yard receiving performance of the season.
Last week they got off to a real fast start, and then it abruptly ended. They had used Barkley in the first two series, and each time he had four and five yard runs. On the next series Wayne Gallman came in, and on consecutive plays Gallman ran for four yards, caught a seven yard pass, ran for 2 yards, caught an 11 yard pass, then caught a 4 yard pass which he fumbled away (from exhaustion?). Who's calling these plays? There was no balance in that game, with 41 passing plays and just 15 rushes. Lets see what happens this week.

Giants Defense
So how is this defense doing? They are midrange in points, giving up just shy of 24 points a game. They're eighth in passing yardage, allowing 229 per game, but the killer is that they're 29th in rushing yards, giving up 126 per game. Last week the Saints totaled 170, and running back Alvin Kamara alone hit them for 134 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Kamara was actually responsible for all the touchdowns the Saints scored, and they can't allow the Panthers Christian McCaffrey, another dual threat running back, to run on them like that this week.
It's not good news that the Panthers lead the NFL in rushing, averaging 166 yards per game. The Giants just activated run-stopper Josh Mauro to help with that. Mauro was on a four-game suspension, but can hit the ground running (pun?) as he played for defensive coordinator James Bettcher in Arizona in the 3-4 system the Giants now employ. The Panthers don't pass for big yardage, with Cam Newton taking off on a number of plays. It would have been great to have Olivier Vernon back, but once again he is out for this game. Cornerback Eli Apple will be back, so that's a big plus.

The Giants need to get on track fast, and it won't be easy going up against the Panthers. If they can have some successful breakthrough on offense it will be a help, in that they will quickly have to be ready to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. The Panthers have had plenty of time to review how other teams have handled the Giants in the three losses, and even the Giants win was slipping away from them near the end. For this game, Giants fans will have to hope that the Panthers are more rusty than rested coming off their bye week.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Giants at (1-3) at Panthers (2-1).
Sunday at 4:25pm Vikings (1-2-1) at Eagles (2-2).
Sunday at 8:20pm Cowboys (2-2) at Texans (1-3).
Monday at 8:15pm Redskins (2-1) at Saints (3-1).
The Eagles are the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.

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Giants Saquon Barkley is the first Giant to have at least 100 yards from scrimmage in his first 3 games.

Giants Saquon Barkley is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, and has 353 yards from scrimmage.

Panthers Cam Newton has 57 rushing touchdowns, the most all-time for a quarterback.

Panthers have won the last seven games in a row at their stadium.
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