NFL Week 5: Giants at Panthers Game Preview
Giants general manager David Gettleman will travel with his current team as they face his former employers, the Carolina Panthers, in Week 5.
Giants fans think they know why Carolina let him go.
Things are not rosy in New York, where Gettleman’s decision to stick with Eli Manning over any of the four current rookie starting quarterbacks is the hottest topic on sports radio. Manning showed signs of life in Week 3, but regressed to his ultra-safe, short options and missed wide open receivers downfield.
Manning told reporters that taking chances downfield is risky. But fans point out it is only risky if your quarterback can’t throw the passes accurately and you don’t have open receivers.
Complicating the uproar in the Meadowlands is the team’s under-utilization of their top draft pick, Saquon Barkley. Head coach Pat Shurmur abandons the running game early, despite admitting it is a bad idea.
Barkley’s yardage totals have consisted of more receiving yards than rushing yards. The majority of the passes are dump-offs, Manning’s specialty.
Meanwhile, the conservative offensive approach has opponents sitting on any lead. New York’s defense has played well but still ranks 29th in rushing yards allowed. Last week, they completely shut down Alvin Kamara until they either ran out of gas or the will to live after watching the offense fail to challenge one of the worst defenses of the season.
Carolina comes in off a bye, meaning not only will the Giants face a red-hot Christian McCaffrey, they will face a well-rested Christian McCaffrey. Cam Newton should take advantage of New York’s rush defense, too.
It all seems to give the Panthers excellent odds of moving to 3-1 and handing the Giants their fourth loss. But you never know, so we’ll have to watch the game.
How to watch the Panthers vs Giants game
Fox Sports will produce this game and broadcast it to most east coast markets and Texas in the early time slot. Panthers and Giants fans with cable or satellite TV can watch the contest on their local FOX affiliate.
But for the millions of smart NFL fans who cut the cord with expensive satellite and cable providers, Fubo TV and DirecTV Now will be the most popular ways to watch live stream Panthers-Giants action.
With high definition live feeds of the same FOX signal at a fraction of the cost, it’s no wonder internet TV services like Fubo and DirecTV Now are growing so fast.
Sling, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and Hulu with Live TV also provide live stream NFL action across many markets.
Check out the company websites to see how you can watch NFL live stream action at a fraction of the cost of cable and satellite. Be sure to take advantage of their free trials.
Who will win the Panthers-Giants game?
Pat Shurmur acknowledged he has to run Barkley earlier and more often and make wide receiver Odell Beckham a bigger part of the offense.
There is a chance he listens to himself and the Giants come out like they did against Houston, with deeper passes and a credible run threat.
However, there is a bigger chance that Eli Manning will continue to eschew his deep receivers in favor of quick, short options despite the improved pass protection and bevy of weapons available to him.
Carolina will mix in enough passes to keep the Giants honest and make it that much harder to contain Newton and McCaffrey on the ground.
This one could get ugly early if the Giants offense doesn’t turn things around and help their defense. They won’t. It will. Final score: Panthers 31 Giants 16