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New York Giants Vs. Carolina Panthers: Week Three Game Preview

September 20th, 2012 at 9:30 AM
By Hazem Kiswani

The New York Giants scratched and clawed their way to a 1-1 record with a thrilling 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but immediately had to turn their attention to a Thursday night battle with the Carolina Panthers on three days rest. The Giants will be without four offensive players in tonight's game – Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl, and Domenik Hixon, all out with injury.

The Panthers are also 1-1 coming off their own impressive victory over the New Orleans Saints and will be looking to build on that momentum in front of their home crowd tonight. 

GAMEPLAN 

Make limiting the big plays for the Panthers offense the priority defensively and force them to methodically move the football 

The Panthers are a big play football team. Cam Newton is extremely dangerous outside of the pocket and has the strength, vision, and instincts to gash defenses for 20 and 30 yards on quarterback draws. The Giants have got to keep him in the pocket and try to limit the pressure of defending his athleticism. On the outside, Steve Smith is going to have to see double teams for the majority of this game. Brandon LaFell is at this point in his development an average number two wideout in the league, and Smith is the clear big play threat for this offense in the passing game. Corey Webster has not been at his best as of late and the Giants can not afford to let Smith get rolling tonight. He has got to see a ton of attention in an effort to frustrate him early in the football game. 

Get David Wilson involved offensively 

Hakeem Nicks out, Ahmad Bradshaw out, Domenik Hixon out, the offensive line a little banged up – this is the time when the Giants really need some firepower offensively and Wilson has the skill set to give them just that. A few swing passes out of the backfield, draw plays, screens, and opportunities lined up in the slot for Wilson could be just what the doctor ordered. He's just got to hold on to the football and make the most of this opportunity. 

Get creative in the front seven with the pass rush

Look, this Giants pass rush is clearly filled with some of the most talented defensive ends in the game. That being said, they are struggling right now, and need a shot in the arm to get their momentum going. The Giants should look to move the versatile Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka around up front and give Cam Newton several different looks right out of the gate. Jason Pierre-Paul is a machine, but he's had to deal with unrelenting double teams to start the season, and New York should really be putting an emphasis on finding ways to free him up for some one on one opportunities. 

KEY MATCHUP 

Ramses Barden and Rueben Randle vs Panthers Secondary 

With Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon both out, it doesn't take a genius to figure out how the Panthers secondary will approach this football game. Double Victor Cruz often and force Barden and the rookie Randle to win on their routes. If that doesn't happen, the Giants are really going to struggle to move the football in this game because their rushing attack isn't one that is going to blow a game open. Barden and Randle have got to step up and make plays, particularly in the red zone as the Giants have got to be efficient with their offense this banged up. 

BIG GAME ALERT 

RB David Wilson 

This is the time for the Giants first round draft pick to come up big and showcase his explosive playmaking ability when the Giants need it most. He's just electric if he gets a head of steam or space to work with and if he can focus on holding onto the football and limiting mental errors this could be the breakout game for Wilson. 

PREDICTION 

This is a tough one. Coming off an emotionally draining 41-34 win at home, on short rest, with a lot of injuries offensively, the Giants are going to need a huge bounce back performance from their defense and more magic from Eli Manning to get to 2-1 tonight. 

I hope I'm wrong, but this looks like a tall order for the G-Men under the circumstances. A lot of it is going to come down to how much Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle, and David Wilson can take advantage of their opportunity. And of course how many impactful shots the Giants defensive front can get on Cam Newton early in the game. 

PANTHERS 28, GIANTS 20

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Tags: Cam Newton, Carolina, Carolina Panthers, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Football, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle, Victor Cruz

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43 Responses to “New York Giants Vs. Carolina Panthers: Week Three Game Preview”

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  1.  demo3356 says:

    Nice Piece Haz- yeah I am nervous about tonight.. losing Nicks really hurts this offense because they can just take away Cruz and make Eli try to beat them with the unproven guys. One thing we have going for us is the speed and athleticism of our front 7. Guys like Boley, Williams, Rivers and JPP have the speed and quicks to keep Newton Bottled up. We also need to get pressure up the middle right in his face like the Bucs did. That really threw him off and caused him into many bad throws. I’m less confident than I was going into either prior game, but I still think the Giants can win a close one. 23-20

  2.  demo3356 says:

    G-MenFan says:
    September 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM
    My man. Thank you. There is hope for humanity. Finally, someone who understands the difference between discussion and bed-wetting.

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    demo3356 says:
    September 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM
    Finally? Not sure how new you are around here,but I’ve bee fighting that battle on G101 for like 3 years running.. I’m just glad to see I have some back up now for the AG Society..

  3.  JimStoll says:

    the team is really hard to guage right now
    we are obviously banged up on both sides of the ball such that the pass game could regree at least for the week, and the pass defense may continue to stink

    the return of Prince may or may not help; time will tell

    the D-Line has yet to assert itself

    will rivers play? is he healthy?

    lots of uncertainty

  4.  Emperor Norton says:

    I don’t buy it. Eli is good enough that he can make JAGs look like superstars, and I think Randle and Barden will be totally competent replacements tonight. If we can get the running game going, the Panthers’ defense is going to be badly outmatched. Put it this way: if we’re down by four in the fourth quarter, how good are you feeling with the ball in Eli’s hands against that secondary?

    •  demo3356 says:

      I never doubt Eli, I’m concerned about the youngsters doing what they need to do to get where he expects them to be. Our Passing game is one of the more complex in the NFL and both Eli and the WR’s have to read the defense and see the same things for it to work. Nicks and Cruz are there, they click with Eli. Not sure the others are ready, but we will find out tonight. My pick is Ramses Barden to break out

      •  Krow says:

        That’s the thing. Eli can make them look good … but not if they cut left when he expects them to cut right. If they have the plays and the timing down then the ball will be there. Eli’s a great QB, but he’s not a mind reader. They have to be on the same page.

  5.  demo3356 says:

    Luzz- got your email. Thanks for the kind words and for supporting our program!
    I also agree with you on G-MEN-FAN being my favorite new poster. That line was great!

  6.  demo3356 says:

    I’m going on record first to predict that Ramses Barden has his breakout game as a Giant Tonight. Kids smart as hell and has had 3 years to learn the playbook inside and out. He was a very raw project from a little school and was advertised as a 2-3 year project when drafted. He also had a bunch of early injury issues. Now he is as healthy and as ready as he’ll ever be. This is the last big chance he’ll ever get. look for him to make the most of it.

    •  JimStoll says:

      the question for Barden I think is whether he is really athletic enough to work his way open when he’s the No. 2 target and the defense is focused on him

      I’m more inclined to think that we need a very credible running game tonight so that play action is actually a factor

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      FF55 will strongly disagree. He feels the same way about him as I feel about Jernigan.

      But, i think he’s a serviceable WR in this league.

      BTW, My boy Burfict getting his 1st start this sunday.

  7.  Krow says:

    Jernigan sighting possible tonight.

  8.  norm says:

    Isn’t a bit premature to start hand wringing over the defense?

    Yeah, it sucked against Dallas. But so did the rest of the team as well. The Giants came out flat on both sides of the ball against a Dallas team that came out of the tunnel as if they were heading into the Super Bowl.

    Call me a cockeyed optimist, but I though the D was fine for much of the Bucs game. By my mathematics, 21 of the 27 points scored in the first three Qs were directly or largely attributable to screw ups by the team MVP. The one who plays offense.

    7 points were given up on a pick 6.

    The other 14 came after TB took over on the NYG 26 & 13 after Eli picks. Even if we want to hold the D accountable for not preventing TDs, we’re still talking 6 more points DIRECTLY attributable to the offense.

    So direct responsibility for the points surrendered through the first three quarters works out as follows: Offense – 13, Defense – 14 (and that’s being especially generous to the offense) Even if we consider the D responsible for 14 instead of 10 or 6, that’s hardly an alarming number.

    As for the fourth quarter, I attribute much of the defensive breakdown to exhaustion resulting from poor snap management by the coaching staff. Especially for the DTs. The team had FOUR active DTs but only two of them were used. Someone posted here the other day that Austin and Kuhn had only three snaps between them all game. That’s disgraceful. Landfill – who had been a force disrupting the pocket all game – was running on fumes in the fourth and could do nothing. And Bernard can hardly be expected to play an entire game after being only used for spot duty in the rotation over the past few seasons. He was a non-factor as well.

    So I’d conclude that it’s a bit too early to start panicking about the D on the basis of one bad game and one decent one. We’ll get another piece of the puzzle tonight. It still won’t give us the complete picture but it should at least bring it into slightly clearer focus.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Couldnt agree more.

      thought the defense actually looked pretty good despite missing key pieces.

      •  JimStoll says:

        yes, the overall D played much better against the Bucs, but the Bucs are a lesser offense than the cowboys, and after the Giants came all the way back to take the lead, they then completely collapsed and gave up a touch on 4 plays, and then were saved by the arguable incomplete call on the Rolle hit
        the pressure has been largely absent, and several big pass plays have been surrendered

        •  Krow says:

          It’s not that the D is playing particularly awful … they’re just not doing what we expect … like get pressure on the QB. Fix that and it all falls into place.

        •  norm says:

          Fewell plays a bend but don’t break style of D.

          Love it or hate it, but that’s the way it is and will remain for as long as he’s here. And in that style of D, big pass plays will occur from time to time. But the measure of its success or failure is not how many big plays are prevented but by how many points are surrendered.

          And 14 points in 3Q is hardly a disgrace against a team that has Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, and a much, much better offensive line than Dallas (Carl Nicks alone is better than any three Cowboy O-linemen)

  9.  Krow says:

    So have we gotten an update on Nicks?

    •  JimStoll says:

      what’s to update? he’s out

      supposedly only because he needed a full week to recover which if true tells you he’s pretty gimpy

      •  Krow says:

        They never said what the injury was. Bruised foot? Another broken bone? High ankle sprain? Turf toe?

        I don’t like it when they’re quiet.

  10.  kujo says:

    Gonna agree with Demo–I think Barden is capable of having a breakout game tonight. I’m not necessarily talking a 8 catch, 100+ yards type game, but if he can get a couple of first downs, and maybe haul in a TD pass or 2, we’ll be fine.

    I also think we’ll be seeing more of the Black Unicorn and Andre Brown in the passing game. Remember Brown was known for being a very reliable receiver out of the backfield in college. Expect to see screens and passes to him in the flats.

    And yeah I imagine we’ll see some Randle, Wilson and Jernigan too, though not nearly as much as some of you are assuming. Coughlin has all 3 of those kids on a development plan, and I expect him to stubbornly stick to those plans, no matter what the injury situation and fans tell him to do. It’s one game–worst case scenario is we lose and come roaring back healthy against the Schmeagles next Sunday night!

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