Defensive dominance vs. an under-strength Giants
Considering how many stars are missing for the New York Giants on offense, this is all the Carolina Panthers defense should need to reassert their dominance. They have proven more than capable of wreaking extreme havoc on poor opposition this season and Phil Snow’s unit needs to be just as ruthless at MetLife Stadium.
The Panthers will be without Shaq Thompson once again and it’s unlikely All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore is going to feature prominently after being activated this week. But Carolina still has an abundance of talent that should be far too much for an offense that’s relying on backups in almost every position.
Daniel Jones is having a pretty good season all things considered. However, the quarterback is prone to a turnover or two when put under pressure, something the Panthers will look to do early and often in pursuit of victory.
Carolina’s offense also needs to do a better job of giving their defense some rest time on the sidelines by moving the chains consistently. If they can do this and put some points on the board early, this has been the recipe for success over the first three games and should continue at the Giants.
If the defense ever needed another statement game, it’s right now. Going up against an under-strength Giants should be all the motivation they need.