Carolina Panthers: 3 Keys to Victory in Week 5 vs. Giants

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
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A Fast and Furious Start

The first key to a Panthers win on Sunday is getting off to a quick start. The last thing you want to do when playing against one of the league’s bottom teams is give it a sense of hope.

New York has all the tools to hang around against superior squads, as it proved against the Jaguars in the season opener. Wide receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard are a major part of the Giants’ offense, given that the duo has already combined to make 55 catches for 560 yards and five touchdowns. Meanwhile, Saquon Barkley is a phenomenal young talent who has 56 carries for 260 yards and three TDs through four weeks.

One thing the Giants lack, however, is a dependable offensive line. On the other side, the Panthers have one of the NFL’s premier front sevens and a secondary that is getting better and better by the week, so they should have a field day against Manning and Co.

Carolina must also get off to a hot start on offense. The Panthers had their best offensive effort of the season against Cincinnati two weeks ago, scoring their first opening-quarter TD of the season and finishing with three TDs in the first half en route to a major victory.

They must do more of the same against the Giants to avoid an upset.

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