Being a Dallas Cowboys fan, it’s extremely difficult for me to be objective about the New York Giants. Every year I predict (and obviously hope) they will go 0-16. Hasn’t worked out too well for me. But I’m turning over a new leaf today–I will try to be as objective as possible about tonight’s match-up.
The Giants come into this game at 1-1, underdog at +2.5, and extremely beat up. WR Domenik Hixon is out with a concussion, RB Ahmad Bradshaw is out with a neck injury, WR Hakeem Nicks is out, and RT David Diehl is out with an MCL injury. Add all this on top of an already depleted secondary. Things aren’t looking good for the New York Football Giants.
On a positive note, Giants fans can look forward to Prince Amukamara (who is listed as probable) potentially making his season debut to help out the secondary. Victor Cruz will be the top target for Eli Manning tonight, and the main focus of the Carolina defense. With Bradshaw out, the Panthers will look to stop Andre Brown, who will likely be New York’s starting RB after having a good game last week versus the Bucs. Eli will have to carry his team tonight and will have to put up big numbers in the passing yards category if the Giants want the W.
The Carolina Panthers also come into this game at 1-1, losing to the same Tampa Bay Buccaneers that the Giants beat four days ago, and beating a New Orleans team that was sub-par. Cam Newton has thrown a few picks, but has had some big plays, and is leading the team in rushing. He will be targeting WRs Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell, who should be quite a handful for the Giants secondary. Jonathan Stewart is questionable for this match-up after having a big game against the Saints last week. If he does play, the trio of rushing from Newton, Stewart, and Williams could be key in this game.
Although the Giants have been known to overcome adversity, and turn in some of their best games when the chips are stacked against them, I ultimately believe the rushing tandem of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart(if he plays), along with Cam Newton’s running game, will be too much for a beat up Giants team. The run game will open up big passing plays from Smith and LaFell against the secondary. My prediction? I think Carolina pulls it out in a close one, where Eli Manning tries to work some more of his 4th quarter magic, but comes up short.
My Pick: Carolina Panthers at home -2.5