How can the New York Giants shut down Cam Newton? It's not an easy task for most teams, but I believe the Giants have the personal to do it.
Their pass rush is huge with Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora, as getting pressure on a quarterback like Newton is key.
If Newton is allowed to sit back, analyze the situation, then possibly make a play with his legs, he's going to be practically unstoppable.
This is why the G-Men's pass rush has to show up Thursday night.
Patience is another huge factor. The Giants' pass rush has to be aggressive, but they can't over-pursue.
Over-pursuing leads to Newton breaking off long runs, or worst, giving him extra pocket time to make a big play down the field.
The most important task facing the Giants defense is to stop the Carolina Panthers' rushing attack. If Newton breaks a couple of tackles, that's fine, but they have to shut down their running back unit as a whole.
This makes the Panthers a one-dimensional team and helps take away their play-action.
The Giants' offense also has to eat some clock, as their defense can't spend a ton of time on the field and contain Newton for four quarters. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's very unrealistic.
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Panthers 16-10, they held the Panthers to 10 rushing yards!
The Bucs also sacked Newton three times for a lost of 12 yards, and beat the Panthers in time of possession (37:27 vs. 22:33).
Even though that game was on the road, the blueprint to beating the Panthers is on film for the G-Men.
The Giants have a 10-day layoff until their matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles the following week, so they should be 100 percent committed to getting a W this Thursday night.