Carolina Panthers vs New York Giants. What should we expect?
Both teams are 1-1 and feeling better about their play, but does Carolina have a chance to beat the Giants on Thursday night? I say they definitely have a chance, but we shouldn’t expect them to win.
The Giants hung 41 points on the Buccaneers and Carolina could only produce 10. Then again, defense is the one steady thing going for the team so far. Yes, Drew Brees had 325 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, but the Panthers still won due to the defense getting two key interceptions. As long as the defense continues to improve they have a chance all season.
What does this tell us about the Panthers? It says the coaching staff and players have talent, but still haven’t found the kind of rhythm and crisp play that creates consistency. In the other more veteran clubs you see a subtle strength and balance between what the coaches want and how the players make it happen. Just imagine if they went against a stout defense like the Ravens or the 49ers.
Our dreams say they are a Super Bowl contender, but our expectations should be not be as lofty right now. Let’s take it one game at a time. The talent exists without question, but the execution is just not happening on a regular basis. I still think they are a wild card team, but have HOPE they can do better. That starts Thursday against the quality defense of the Giants who can boast players like Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, and Jason Pierre-Paul.
The hope I am speaking of for Thursday night is that the coaching staff runs the offence sort of like like Denver did for Tebow. I hate to say that or even put them in the same context, but stay with me a moment. Newton is obviously much better at throwing the ball and that’s the point. You have to call more run option plays for Cam instead of more traditional run plays,and use the deep routes when the defense keys on him. A very impressive stat for Cam from Sunday was his 12.7 yard per pass average compared to 8.8 last week.
Its great Cam Newton threw for 4000 plus yards last year, but he’s not going to win against the Giants in a shoot out. However they do it, the key is to play possession football. Playing keep away against a QB like Eli Manning is the way to go. If Cam Newton has the same kind of numbers on Thursday that he did against the Saints, they got a chance. Lets hope Superman follows his great game with another balanced performance. If he does they will end up 2-1.