The New York Giants head to North Carolina on Sunday to take on the Carolina Panthers. This is a big NFC matchup as the Giants are clinging to hope of making the playoffs. The Panthers are 2-1 on the season and are looking to keep pace with the Saints who are first in the division. The Giants and Panthers have had some good games in years past and this one doesn’t look to be much different.
The Panthers are seven point favorites over the Giants. This year the Giants are 1-3 against the spread and the Panthers are 2-1 against the spread. Both teams’ records against the spread are identical to their record. The over under for this game is 44.5 points.
Giants vs. Panthers Odds
Spread: Carolina Panthers -7
Giants vs. Panthers Head to Head
The Panthers lead the all-time series against the Giants 6-4. The Panthers have won the last two games in the series and they also have won the only playoff contested between the two. The Giants last win came on September 20th, 2012 in a game that they won 36-7 on the road. Since that day the Giants have won two games in a row.
Giants vs. Panthers Stats
The Giants have had trouble moving the ball this year as they only pick up 345 yards a game. They are averaging 18 points a game and they are getting most of that through the air. Eli Manning has thrown for 1055 yards and four touchdowns. Their running game hasn’t been great with rookie Saquon Barkley in the backfield. He has 260 yards and three touchdowns thus far. The Panthers are a bit better on offense gaining 381 yards a game and scoring 23.7 points a game. Cam Newton has accounted for a lot of those touchdowns throwing for five and rushing for three so far this year.
Giants vs. Panthers News
The Giants have been bitten by the injury bug this year as tight end Evan Ingram, wide receiver Cody Latimer, cornerbacks Eli Apple and Antonio Hamilton among others are out for this week’s contest. The Giants have been losing a lot these past two years and the locker room is starting to get tired of it. The Panthers are pretty healthy as they only list Greg Olsen as out and Curtis Samuel is questionable. This Panther’s Eric Reid has said that he will continue to look for ways to protest social injustice off the field.
Giants vs. Panthers Predictions
The Giants are coming off a tough loss, but they just don’t have the firepower to be able to stick with the Panthers. The Giants are struggling this year but the Panthers have been very solid on defense. The Panthers will look to mix up their coverages and blitzes and put pressure on Manning. Newton should be able to use his arm and legs to make plays against a defense that is short staffed due to injuries. Take the Panthers and the points in this one.