How To Bet On Giants Panthers – Giants Look to Avoid Losing Start to 2012 Season
New York Giants @ Carolina Panthers – Thursday September 20, 2012 8:20PM EST
The New York Giants are not know for excellence in the regular season, but there isn't a defending Super Bowl champion that ever wants to go 1-2 in the season following its championship win. The NFL betting world was wondering how the Giants would react after losing its home opener to the Dallas Cowboys and that response was a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As much as the Giants would love to revel in its 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week two, New York knows that it has a lot of problems on defense that it must solve if it wants to be able to defend its title in this season's playoffs.
The betting sites want to act like they are surprised that the Carolina Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints in week two of the season, but the Saints' 0-2 record to start the season is not a shock. Head coach Sean Payton is the undisputed leader of that football team. With Payton out this entire season due to suspension, it will be a long year for New Orleans. All the Panthers did was take advantage of a Saints team that is without its leader and looks like it. Carolina will not have the same opportunity in this game.
Why the Giants Will Win
The New York Giants has too many talented players on defense to continue giving up big plays each week. In the win over the Buccaneers, the Giants had problems stopping the Tampa Bay running game. In week one, the Giants had problems containing Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. The key to stopping the Carolina offense is neutralizing quarterback Cam Newton. Look for the Giants to come out with a purpose in this game and stuff the Carolina offense and keep the points down in this game.
Why the Panthers Will Win
The online sports books see a bright future for the Carolina Panthers, but the team is still developing. However, the way in which the Panthers' defense shut down the New Orleans offense was extremely impressive. Eli Manning is not nearly as refined of a passer as Drew Brees, and that will help the Panthers in this game. However, Eli Manning is deadly in the fourth quarter and this game will be a great test to see if the Carolina defense can close out a game and keep Eli's fourth quarter heroics under control.
The Bottom Line
Eli Manning has proven to be the most dangerous fourth quarter player in the NFL. The Panthers is a young team that is learning how to close out games. But Eli Manning and the New York Giants will prove to be a test that the Panthers will have to treat as a learning experience as New York will pull out this win.Pick: New York Giants