Week 3 Turning Points: Giants @ Panthers
In a battle between two 0-2 teams scratching for their first win, you could assume the will or efforts put forth by every individual to be exactly the same, yet that would be foolish. The New York Giants didn’t put up much of a fight against the Carolina Panthers in week three because they were too busy beating up themselves.
The Giants put a zero burger up on the board against a Panthers’ secondary that was riddled with injuries, without the likes of Quintin Mikell, D.J. Moore, Josh Thomas, and James Dockery. Further, the Panthers ranked 26th overall in pass coverage this season prior to Sunday’s inactive player report.
Scratch your head: Hakeem Nicks didn’t even register a catch!
IF there HAD to be ONE momentum changing play of the game, it would be Josh Browns’ missed field goal at the start of the second quarter with the Giants trailing by seven.
Prior to the attempt, Aaron Ross intercepted Cam Newton at Carolina’s 13 yard line, setting the Giants up for a gift wrapped scoring opportunity. Capitalizing on turnovers by adding points = the most powerful way to change a game’s momentum. What happens to momentum when the opposite occurs?
The Giants still had two and a half quarters left of play to reestablish their offense but failed. Eli Manning got sacked seven times in the game but what is interesting to note is that five of those sacks happened in the first quarter! That set the tone of the game.
I could be wrong, but the Panthers didn’t even need a twelfth man for their homecoming game at Bank of America Stadium; the Giants were defeated before they ran out of the tunnel. Hopefully, Tom Coughlin can realign the troops in week 4, as they travel to Arrowhead to take on the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.