3 keys to a Giants win over Panthers in home opener – The Denver Post


1. CONTAIN CMC

The Giants won’t completely stop Christian McCaffrey, but they need to make sure he doesn’t wreck the game. The Panthers back is a versatile receiving threat and the Giants’ inside linebackers allowed two TD catches last week to Titans back Dontrell Hilliard. Baker Mayfield’s safety valve can’t run wild at MetLife Stadium Sunday.

2. FEED SAQUON

The Giants’ 238 rush yards in Week 1 led the NFL. Carolina’s defense allowed the second most to the Cleveland Browns at 217. Saquon Barkley is the Giants’ best player. He will need to run wild again to earn the franchise’s first 2-0 start since 2016: the last time they made the playoffs.

3. BLITZ BAKER

Giants DC Don Martindale is going to bring the house and force the undersized Mayfield into hurried decisions. Panthers OC Ben McAdoo, the Giants’ former head coach, will have some tricks up his sleeve. The battle of veteran coordinators should decide the game.

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