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Giants Panthers Game Preview

Another game, another must win. First, hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas, Hannukah or whatever you may celebrate. Now, back to football. Giants need to win. And they can’t let the emotion of the last game at the Meadowlands get to them. Do your job, finish strong.

INJURIES:

GIANTS INJURY REPORT
OUT:  None
DOUBTFUL: CB Corey Webster (knee); CB Aaron Ross (hamstring); RT Kareem McKenzie (knee); G Rich Seubert (knee);
QUESTIONABLE: None
PROBABLE: QB Eli Manning (foot); WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring); PK Lawrence Tynes (right hamstring); LB Jonathan Goff (hamstring/rib); CB Kevin Dockery (ankle); LB Chase Blackburn (ribs); RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankles/foot); LB Michael Boley (triceps); S C.C. Brown (hamstring).

CAROLINA INJURY REPORT
OUT: None
DOUBTFUL: RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle); RB Tyrell Sutton (calf);
QUESTIONABLE:  CB Richard Marshall (ankle); QB Matt Moore (shoulder); RB Jonathan Stewart (Achilles)
PROBABLE:  None

OFFENSE:

The Giants offense has been on fire lately, and I don’t expect it to change this week. Eli Manning is putting up MVP numbers. Hakeem Nicks is becoming a force. Steve Smith is putting Carolina’s Steve Smith to shame. The running game is back on track. I do worry about the offensive line. No McKenzie, although Beatty has been a fine replacement. Probably no Seubert, and that leaves Kevin Boothe, who isn’t that good. I think the key is stopping Julius Peppers. They’ll need to help Diehl out with a tight end.

DEFENSE:

For the first time in weeks, the Giants defense looked like the Giants defense. Attacking the ball. Great pass rush. Big plays. They need to keep that up. It starts with Steve Smith. Because DeAngelo Williams is probably out, and Johnathan Stewart is banged up, the Panthers are looking to Smith. Terrell Thomas will cover him. They’ll need a big pass rush. Make Matt Moore uncomfortable back there. Make him make plays. You don’t really have to worry about the run game, so go all out on the pass rush. Blitz linebackers. Blitz safeties. Do whatever you can do get in Moore’s face, so Smith can be subdued. I’m willing to concede a big game to Dante Rosario, if it means a small game from Steve Smith.

THE PANTHERS:

Weren’t the Panthers supposed to be good this year? Outside of an impressive win against Minnesota, they haven’t done much. Jake Delhomme was ineffective before he got hurt. Outside of Jon Beason, the defense hasn’t been great. This is a team playing for pride, now. Playing to be a spoiler. They are still dangerous, as evidenced by the Minnesota win. But, they aren’t as dangerous, and you can afford to make a few mistakes, and still come out victorious.

PREDICTION:

I think the Giants come out strong. I think, after last week’s performance, they have some confidence. FINAL SCORE: Giants 24, Panthers 14

COVERAGE:

As always, GiantsGab has got you covered for the game. Follow our Twitter page, as we’ll be tweeting during the game. We’ll be chatting over at LiveFyre during the game (I’ll provide the chat link before game time).  Check back at halftime for our feature “Halftime Thoughts”, where we break down the first half, and tell you what to expect in the second. Hang out after the game for all the post game info you need. GiantsGab is Giants Central!

REQUIRED READING:

Check out the fine folks over at PanthersGab

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5 Keys to Beating the Panthers

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4 Responses to “Giants Panthers Game Preview”

  1. Russo says:

    holy injuries batman….NY is banged up

  2. Jeremy says:

    Your going to laugh, but Kevin booth is more athletic then sieghburt. And if he only needs to improve technique playing time can do that right. Besides I read somewhere that Reese said booth would make an impact. If you don’t believe me, in Reese we trust right. And isn’t booth a couple years younger. How about this lineup left to righ— Beatty, booth, ohara, snee, diehl. Though booth might be a subpar pass blocker- am I reaching or am I on to something?

  3. Jeremy, I think you might be onto something.

    Although I think McKenzie is pretty good I do think Beatty at LT, Ohara and Snee where you mentioned…but I’d move Diehl to LG (keep Boothe has a valuable back-up) and then think about McKenzie at RT or upgrading via FA or Draft.

  4. andrew ilnicki says:

    soy-burt has had an awful year, i dont care how great a guy he is.

    extremely inconsistent play… lets see this youthful giants team take the panthers by the cohones and squash em.

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