How Can the New York Giants Shut Down Cam Newton?

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IISeptember 18, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:  Cameron Jordan #94 of the New Orleans Saints sacks quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Grant Halverson/Getty Images

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.