As much as I'd like to keep on celebrating my New York Giants' week two come from behind win, it's time to turn my focus toward the Carolina Panthers. This Thursday my G-Men will be mixing it up with the Panthers and I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit nervous about this game.
Carolina has a handful of guys that I feel can cause the Giants some problems. I've seen a good bit of the Panthers this year so I know what I'm talking about. Each week I've listed some players that I feel are a threat to my Giants and each week I've pretty much hit the nail on the head.
So without further ado, here are five Carolina Panthers that I'm worried about:
1: Cam Newton, QB -Cam Newton is just flat out scary. Did you see the way he was balling Sunday against the New Orleans Saints? The man completed 14 out of 20 passes for 253 yards and a score. And oh yeah, he also ran the ball 13 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. That's just plain spooky, spooky.
I'm still not sold on the Giants defense. It did not look good at all during the Tampa Bay game. And I'm going to be honest, the Panthers are a better team than the Bucs. And the Bucs hung 34 on my Giants. If Cam Newton gets going early, and the Giants can't get to him, I shudder to think what could happen on Thursday night. I'm not being pessimistic but rather pragmatic when I say that Cam Newton is going to have a huge night on Thursday.
2: Steve Smith, WR -What Giants fan wouldn't be sweating Steve Smith? The way I see it, the Giants secondary is still banged up and they have not played well at all. Steve Smith is crazy fast and I can see him torching New York for some big plays.
I know that he has a sore knee and he's listed as probable, but I expect that he'll suit it up. Why wouldn't he? I mean, he has the opportunity to exploit the Giants weak secondary. In last week's contest Smith caught only three passes but they totaled 104 yards. He's obviously Cam Newton's number one target and I expect he will have targets a-plenty come Thursday night.
3: Jon Beason, LB - Under "defensive juggernaut" in the dictionary it says, "see Jon Beason." In last week's matchup against the Saints, Beason had seven tackles, five assists, and one pick. Pretty good day at the office wouldn't you agree?
Beason is part of one of the deepest linebacking corps in the NFL and he is definitely someone the Giants need to watch out for. Beason is one of those guys that's around the ball on every play. And as we all saw on Sunday the Giants like to turn the ball over. It wouldn't surprise me if Beason had a 10 tackle night and maybe a forced fumble. I don't want that of course. I'm just being honest.
4: Charles Godfrey, S -I just hope that Eli Manning doesn't become the human turnover machine again. Because if he does, safety Charles Godfrey could reap the rewards. Godfrey is putting together a fine year. He has 17 tackles and one pick-six. I hope that Eli Manning has Godfrey on his radar.
I'm not saying that he's going to duplicate his week two performance when he had 11 tackles and one INT returned for a score, but he could have a similar kind of night if the Giants decide they want to turn the rock over.
5: Brandon LaFell, WR - Brandon LaFell is a huge target at 6' 2" and 210 lbs. Vincent Jackson was a big target too and look what he did to the Giants. LaFell had a nice game against the Saints catching six balls for 90 yards. He's also second behind Steve Smith in targets with 13. I look for him to get his fair share of looks Thursday night.
Let's say that the Giants want to double Smith. That leaves LaFell in man to man. Like I said earlier, I don't like the Giants secondary and this guy could cause some mega issues. I could easily see LaFell having a nice night. I'd say something like five catches for 75 yards and a score. I wish I could be more optimistic about the Giants defensive backfield but I just haven't seen anything good out of it yet.
Dylan Davis is an avid New York Giants fan and has grown up on New York Giants football. He's seen his G-Men win four Super Bowls and can't wait to see them win four more.
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