Eli Manning sets his sights on 13-0 Panthers

Eli Manning and his teammates aren't intimidated by an undefeated Carolina squad.

After a much needed victory on Monday Night Football, the New York Giants will look to do something that no team has done this season. They will look to hand the Carolina Panthers their first loss of the season.  The Giants were able to remain tied atop the NFC East with their victory.

 A lot of the reason the Giants were able to leave Miami with another win was due to the superb play of Eli Manning. Manning was named the NFC Offensive player of the week after completing 27 of 31 for 337 yards and four touchdowns. His completion percentage of 87.1 established a new Giants’ record for a single game performance with a minimum of 20 attempts.

 Manning was asked to talk about the challenge that the Panthers provide them.

They’re good, they’re a good team. Offense is scoring a lot of points, their defense is not letting teams score a lot of points,” Manning said. “They’ve got a lot of good players, good scheme. So we’ve got to have a great week of preparation, go out there, and find a way to make some plays.”

 The Panthers were hit with a few key injuries in their game last week. Running back Jonathan Stewart is likely out for this weekend’s game with a foot sprain and their main receiving target Greg Olsen is banged up, but has claimed that he will play on Sunday. 

 Eli was asked if there is any chance of the younger players feeling intimidated going up against a 13-0 game.

 “I think for us, we’ve got a job to do, we’ve got a game plan to learn, we’ve got to learn the defense, and just go out there and play our game—that’s all we can concern ourselves with,” said Manning.

 If the younger players are going to be intimidated by anything it should be playing for their playoff lives, not playing against a team they are expected to lose against. 

 Coming of such a great performance on Monday, Eli Manning talked about how it was a good win, but that has no bearing on how they will perform this week in a brand new game.

“We’ve been in a lot of close games and we were able to finish the game strong and have a great fourth quarter and make the comeback to get the lead and then hold onto it. That was good, but hey, it’s a brand new week. It’ll be a new situation and we have to go out there and play great football.”

 The chance for a potential win means a lot more to the Giants than being the first team to defeat the Panthers. Yet, if they win, they would be adding to their already strong resume of beating undefeated teams, while pleasing Mercury Morris and the rest of the 1972 Miami Dolphins in the process. 

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