Giants Vs. Panthers Analysis: Studs And Duds

The mantra for the New York Giants Thursday night in Charlotte was "Next Man Up." Missing three starters (Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw and David Diehl), along with slot receiver Domenik Hixon, due to injury, the Giants flashed their depth with authority in a 36-7 romp of the Carolina Panthers. Thanks to the Super Subs and Eli Manning being Eli Manning, the Giants dominated this game with a capital ‘D.'

STUDS
Eli Manning:
The Giants' signal-caller again showed why he's "Eli-te," completing 27 of 35 passes for 288 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

The Killer Bs: Andre Brown, a fourth-round draft pick in 2009 waived by five different teams - including the Panthers -- was coined "Andre The Giant" over social media en route a career-high rushing 113 yards and two touchdowns in place of Bradshaw. Ramses Barden, playing for Nicks, responded with a career-best 138 yards on nine catches. Martellus Bennett hauled in a touchdown and totaled six catches for 73 yards.

Michael Boley: One can add Boley to the Killer Bs group. The veteran linebacker had six tackles and half a sack.

Jason Pierre-Paul: JPP batted two of Newton's passes, registered half a sack and totaled three tackles.

Antrel Rolle: Had seven tackles to boost his team-high total to 18.

Lawrence Tynes: Kicked five field goals and is a perfect 10-for-10 on the season.

DUDS
Cam Newton:
The Panthers' wunderkind was pressured into three interceptions. Furthermore, Newton rushed for just six yards after running for a career-high 71 in Week 2 against the Saints. "Oh yeah, he was frustrated," said Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.

Steve Smith: Had four catches for 86 yards, but his most meaningful sequence was when he scrapped with Corey Webster, the third straight week he's done so against an opposing cornerback.

Joe Adams: The rookie fumbled both a punt and kickoff return, resulting in two of the Panthers' five turnovers.

Panthers defense: Torn apart by the Giants offense to the tune of 405 total yards - 303 in the first half -- while getting little to no pressure on Manning. For the third straight game, the Cats gave up a touchdown on an opponent's opening drive, this an eight-play, 80-yard clinic orchestrated by Manning and Brown, and capped by Manning's 14-yard touchdown pass to Bennett.

TURNING POINT
The Giants were in control from start to finish, period. Once Manning drove them down those 80 yards on the first possession, the Panthers failed to generate any kind of momentum.

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