On Sunday the New York Giants will go up against the undefeated Carolina Panthers in a game that means different things for both teams. The Panthers are attempting to complete an undefeated season, which hasn’t been done all the way through the Super Bowl since the 1972 Miami Dolphins. On the other hand, the Giants are in the middle of the playoff hunt as they are tied atop the NFC East.
Jason Pierre-Paul talked about Cam Newton and the Panthers saying, “He’s a good quarterback, man. There’s a reason they are undefeated…It’s gonna be a tough game, for us. We are going to do the best we can, I know that.”
When talking about Newton’s versatility JPP mentioned that they will have to aggressively focus on Cam Newton while also containing his running ability. “He’s a two-way threat. He’s going to take off or he’s going to pass the ball. That’s the bad part.” Pierre-Paul is spot on about Newton, as he is having an MVP caliber season. His team hasn’t lost a game, and through 13 games he has thrown for 3,062 yards with 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In addition, he has rushed for an additional 480 yards and leads the team with 7 rushing touchdowns.
The Giants on the other hand, ended their three game losing skid with a victory over the Dolphins. With only three contests remaining, every game is crucial. Eli Manning is coming off of a great game last week, but the Panthers defense is one of the best in the league and could pose a big threat.
In addition, one of the greatest position matchups of the year could be seen with Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham jr. going up against Panthers corner back Josh Norman. Norman has been locking down premier receivers all season long, and OBJ hasn’t had less than 100 yards receiving since an October game against the Cowboys. This will be a big matchup to watch, and will be a huge indicator of what the result of the game may be.
The Giants really can’t afford to lose any more games this season, but the Panthers haven’t done that yet. This should be a very good game to watch with big implications, albeit different ones, for both teams.