Giants Rough Up Panthers on Primetime
September 21, 2012
Minus several key starters, Eli Manning and the NY Giants still manhandled the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. Manning was impressive for the 2nd straight game, as the Panthers defense was helpless to the Giants onslaught. Eli threw for 288 yards and a touchdown, while completing 77% of his passes. With starting RB Ahmad Bradshaw sidelined due to injury, journeyman Alex Brown ran all over the Panthers, rushing for 113 yards and 2 TDs. Seldom used receiver Ramses Barden also capitalized on a rare opportunity to start and caught 9 balls for 138 yards. In this game alone, Barden had as many receptions as he did all of last year.
The NY Giants defense harassed QB Cam Newton all night. Jason Pierre Paul led the charge, as the NY pass rushers practically lived in the backfield. Newton failed to get into rhythm all game. Despite throwing for 242 yards, he was only 16-30 and threw 3 interceptions. DeAngelo Williams and the Panthers’ running game did little to help Cam, and was held ineffective, managing only 50 yards.
This was definitely a statement win for the G-men. This win keeps them in striking distance of the Philadelphia Eagles for the division lead. When healthy, the defending champions are one of the top teams in the NFL and are legit contenders. The Giants unfortunately lost two members of their secondary due to injury. Rookie CB Jayron Hosley and S Antrel Rolle left the game in the 2nd half and didn’t return. The Giants are already thin in the defensive secondary, and can’t afford to suffer any more casualties. The NFC is deep this year, and the Giants will need all hands on deck in order to return to the Super Bowl. This was a big step for defending champs, who took care of business of the road. They can’t relax however, because they head to Philly next week for a huge NFC East showdown with a chance to leapfrog the Eagles and snatch the division lead…