Giants vs. Panthers: Bold Predictions for Panthers Offense

Zachary Arthur@Zach_ArthurSLCCorrespondent IISeptember 20, 2012

Expect to see some more yelling from Cam Newton in Thursday night's game
Expect to see some more yelling from Cam Newton in Thursday night's gameGrant Halverson/Getty Images

The New York Giants take the road for Thursday night's matchup against the Carolina Panthers. The Giants just might be in for a long game in this one.

After struggling in the season opener, Carolina's offense got rolling last week as they beat the New Orleans Saints by a score of 35-27. Cam Newton stopped playing like it was the preseason and threw for 256 yards with a 70 percent passing percentage. He also led the team in rushing with 71 yards.

The Giants reached into the miracle bag to pull out a wild win in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 41-34 victory was highlighted by a total lack of defense and Eli Manning's 510 passing yards.

Once considered as one of the better defenses, New York isn't what it once was. They give up big play after big play, and have only sacked the quarterback four times this year. It's still early, but it doesn't look like the Giants defense is the same one as in years past. 

Let's take a look at three predictions for how the Panthers offense will play on Thursday night.


Cam Newton Will Throw 3 Touchdowns

After a sensational rookie year, Newton is off to a slow start in his second season.

It's time for the Cam Newton show again.

Through two games, the Giants have given up 259 passing yards per game. That's the No. 22 ranked passing defense in the league.

On top of that, New York's defense has allowed 111 rushing yards per game. Newton's going to take the field and have more options than he can dream of.

Newton's ball-carrying ability will be the key.

He'll be able to throw the ball down the field, then be able to roll out of the pocket to take off for a 15 yard carry.

A versatile running game out of Newton will keep the Giants defense honest. There will be about five or six times that the threat of Newton running the football will override New York's focus on their pass defense.

If Carolina's receivers can catch what will end up being relatively easy throws, then you'll see some big numbers out of Newton. Numbers as high as three passing touchdowns.


DeAngelo Williams Will Distinguish Himself as the No. 1 Back

Anybody that has played fantasy football for the past four years knows that picking between DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart is nearly impossible.

In 2008, Williams had a career year, rushing for 1,515 yards. You would think that a 1,500 yard season would guarantee you more carries for the next year, right?

Wouldn't you know that 2009 comes around and Stewart ends up slightly out-rushing him, gaining 1,133 yards over the course of the season. He also got five more carries than Williams that year.

It should be noted that Williams was out for three games, but being injured allowed Stewart to step up and make big plays.

Well, in Thursday night's game, Stewart is the one that could be injured.

His ankle has him listed as "questionable" on the injury report. This is where Williams comes in.

Even if Stewart suits up and plays against New York, he won't be playing much. Williams will get significantly more opportunities to touch the football and he'll get those chances against a poor Giants run defense.

A strong performance out of Williams will show the Panthers who should be getting the majority of the carries for the rest of the year.

Against New York's defense, a strong performance is highly possible.


Carolina's Offense Will Win This Game in the Fourth Quarter

Playing well for the first three quarters is only half of the battle for the Panthers.

The math doesn't quite add up does it? If you're playing against Eli Manning, then the numbers start to make more sense.

Against the Buccaneers, Manning threw for two touchdowns and led the Giants down the field on a game winning drive that ended in an Andre Brown 2-yard rushing touchdown.

He did that in the last 6:48 of the game.

It's going to be up to the Panthers offense to take care of business in the fourth quarter because chances are, Manning will.

That is exactly what Carolina will do.

Look for Newton to utilize his weapons in Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell, while maintaining a strong rushing attack with Williams.

As the clock ticks down, the Panthers will execute at a high level against the Giants defense. They'll execute so well that they won't give Manning much of an opportunity to dissect Carolina's secondary.

Moving to 2-1 will mostly be on the Panthers offense. A task that they are happy to have.


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