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Carolina Panthers Require No Additional Motivation Against New York Giants

September 20th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Billy Javed

In week three of the 2012 season, the New York Giants visited Bank of America Stadium to play Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in what was anticipated to be a close and pivotal game that would set the tone for the next few weeks. The Giants dominated the meeting and left Carolina with a very one-sided 36-7 beating. The Giants would build off of their confidence and win five of their next six games. On the other side of things, the Panthers crumbled into a stretch in which they lost five consecutive games. Now in week three of this season the Giants find themselves in a similar scenario.

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Both the Giants and Panthers enter this week’s matchup winless in their 2013 campaign and both are looking forward to proving to their doubters that they are better than their records suggest. The Giants have essentially handed two games to their opponents this season with the amount of turnovers they have had. The Panthers similarly have done the same but with untimely miscues. If things had gone according to plan, Coughlin sees a team that could potentially be 2-0 rather than 0-2 in the Carolina Panthers.

“When the ball was inside the 10 (Week 1 versus Seattle) they had an unfortunate fumble, and the other one (Week 2 at Buffalo) was an interception which basically means the game is over but then they had a penalty. They're taking good care of the ball," Coughlin said.

Despite the praise, the Panthers are what their record shows, like the Giants an 0-2 team. It is due to this reason that the Panthers could care less about the thrashing they faced at the hands of the Giants on their home ground last season. With regards to last season’s matchup Panthers Head Coach, Ron Rivera, had this to say:

"I don't think that should motivate you. You shouldn't have to be motivated to play in the league, first of all. Secondly, this is a very good football team that's coming in. I think that's motivation enough.”

Although this may be true for some, maybe even most players on the roster, Rivera did add that not all of the players have forgotten about the embarrassing lost that yielded a five game losing streak.

"But I think for some guys it will most certainly be a little something that they may fall back to."

A few players that will surely be motivated are Cam Newton, and a pair of ex-Giants in Chase Blackburn and Domenik Hixon.

Newton who was expected to make the jump into the upper echelon of the NFL’s quarterback class after a stellar rookie season, looked average at best if not worse against the Giants last year when he threw three interceptions in the loss. Blackburn and Hixon, despite the friendships and fondness that exists between the duo and many on the Giants roster, would love nothing more than to show the Giants what could have been had they not parted ways. Panthers' safety Mike Mitchell seems to suggest the motivation and experience of Hixon and Blackburn could be incredibly beneficial for the Panthers’ stout young defense.

"It's helped a ton. Chase is such a smart guy, and he remembers a lot of good useful information. Also, Domenik played wide receiver in that system, so he knows them very well. It's good to sit down with him and get a lot of information on how they like to run their routes and what concepts we are going to be getting."

At the end of the day both teams should be incredibly motivated for this game as since 1990, only 3 out of 113 teams have started the season 0-3 and still went on to make the playoffs (1992 Chargers, 1995 Lions, and 1998 Bills).


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18 Responses to “Carolina Panthers Require No Additional Motivation Against New York Giants”

  1. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    Yes, KC’s defense is good but all it takes is a couple of good safeties and a stout front line to shut down the Eagles college offense. Going to be a tough game, but I think we fair better than the Eagles.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think KC has elite defensive talent. They should be a top 3, top 5 defense. It reminds me a lot of what Alex smith fell into in 2011 with a team that had amounted tons of defensive talented but didn’t put it together until that year. KC has a similar look.

      • Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

        They’re talented yes, but there were times that Eagle receivers were open by a good 10-15 yards. It was rare they turned into big plays because of the pressure Vick was under, but it was there.

        Not saying they aren’t good, just that offensively we are better equipped to handle them than the Eagles.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          It’s all about time. If we give Eli time we will beat Carolina and if he has time versus KC we have a good shot. Both Carolina and KC scare me pass rush wise. Carolina just doesn’t have the DBs. The key is the interior blocking. I think our OTs will be be alright even against excellent edge rushers. But Eli needs room to step up.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      So it takes a couple of good safeties and a stout D-line to beat the Eagles…. Looks like we’re in trouble then. Because as of right now, we don’t have either.

      And i dont wanna hear about how GREAT our D-line is, because as of now, they’re garbage.

      • Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

        Difference is we will be able to put up a lot of points on the Eagles. KC struggled to get open other than that mid screen to Avery. How many times did Smith have what looked like 20 seconds behind the line only to have to run around and throw it away cause nobody was open?

        The Giants should take a play out of the Chiefs playbook and run that screen they ran to Charles with Wilson.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    We can worry about KC next week. Lets beat Carolina first

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I have to confess that I have NEVER been so fed up with the talking from the Giants, coaches and players. They have been stiffs this season. Simple as that. There have been numerous times over the past years when they have put up embarrassing performances (certainly including many last season down the stretch), but to start off the season creating so many turnovers, to start off the season with your guys in the trenches (the inside of the O-line and the outside of the D-line) unable to compete, and to start off the season already looking like a team in disarray just isn’t excusable. There’s time to turn this around, but all I care about at this point is their play. To hell with Boothe’s opinion about why they’re not in sync. To hell with Fewell’s and Gilbride’s explanations that there were plays to be made. To hell with Eli saying “We were just a little off. We’ll work on it.” To hell with Coughlin’s insistence that one of their best weapons can’t turn over the ball so he has to sit while ignoring that they have been entirely unsuccessful trying to run right, behind his son-in-law. STFU.

    I understand you can’t win ‘em all. Hey, I’m a long time Giants fan. There were times when we couldn’t win, period. But the WAY we’re losing is revolting. It looks like a lot of our players are sleepwalking out there. It looks like our coaches rarely self-scout (honestly, as opposed to refusing to acknowledge that some of their approach didn’t work). It looks, to be frank, that the Giants are gutless. Frankly, as a season-ticket holder, if they keep playing this way I want a refund.

    I can still see ten wins. Really. And I suspect nine wins gets the Division title if we have a good in-Division record. But if they don’t start playing a better brand of football I will be what I never thought I would be about the New York Football Giants: bored.

  4.  Krow says:

    I’m not denigrating our next three opponents, but as FF55 says this stretch will tell us a lot about the team. Will they seize the opportunity … right the ship … and get back into the thick of the Division race? Or will they fall short again by blowing one (or more) of the games?

    I can see it now … “We’re 2-3, but only a game out …” … quack quack quack. But to paraphrase GOAT it’s not about squeaking into the playoffs … it’s not about getting that last invite to the dance … gobbling up the last crumb from the table … it’s about becoming a serious contender. We need to build some momentum … attain an identity. So far we have neither.

  5.  Krow says:

    And as an aside … I’m really sick and tired of this bit where ex-players are sooooo helpful dishing inside info on their old teams. That’s such a damn crock of sh1t. As if football teams are some sort of mysterious puzzle only Stephen Hawking can figure out. Here Panthers … let me help. We’re going to run out of the I-formation … lots of draws … and deep balls to Cruz and Nicks. There … and you didn’t need any of our castoffs. Think of all the money you could have saved just by reading G101. A$$holes.

  6.  Krow says:

    And we’d only have to write it once since it never changes.

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    If we can stone the run versus Carolina we really should have success. We all make it about Cam but besides Steve Smith his weapons are really lacking and Smith is 34 now. We should be able to use the same plan as last year. But we do need some pass rush.

    Offensively I think we need to get Wilson involved. Not just as a runner but as a pass catcher. We need to use this kid as a weapon. We are hurting the offense by not using him more. Jacobs or Scott aren’t anywhere close to the same threats.

    I hope we use Donnell in a 3rd WR set as our base offense and run the ball. Our OL isn’t more physical than most DLs so we need to spread teams out to run the ball more effectively.

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