Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/21/12

Heroes

Eli Manning came into this game and immediately took control. He was 8-9 on the first drive, finishing with a touchdown to tight end Martellus Bennett.

Eli also made due with a patchwork receiving corps and backfield, as wide receivers Hakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon, and also starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw were all out with injury.

Their replacements came in and played well, but I have to believe it was due in part to what I like to call the "Manning Effect".

Similar to Peyton Manning in his golden days in Indianapolis, Eli has been able to bring out big plays from not-so-great players and that's what we saw last night. Now, he didn't throw for 510 yards like the previous week, he still displayed his elite ability and leadership in this Week 3 win.

Running back Andre Brown might be the next great NFL story.

Over the past two seasons, he has been waived or cut by seven teams, before making the Giants' roster this season. Many people doubted him coming into this game, as many expected rookie David Wilson to get the call, but instead it was Brown who got the start.

No one was disappointed though, as Brown ran 20 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a dominant 5.7 yards per carry. The Giants have to be happy about the emergence of Andre Brown, as their offense is built about a multiple-back system. Bradshaw and Brown could be causing many headaches for defensive coordinators this season.

Zeroes

The most disappointing performance last night came from Panthers quarterback and former No. 1 overall pick, Cam Newton. There were high expectations for the second-year player against a bruised up Giants' secondary, but it was quite the contrary.

Newton was contained by the New York front seven, not having any luck when trying to run the option that he oh so dearly loves. He didn't have much luck in the air either as he threw three interceptions.

Newton did have a rushing touchdown in the third quarter, but that was about the only thing the Panthers can be happy about after last night. In the press conference following the game, Newton looked distraught. He wasn't his normal smiling self, and for good reason too.

You could see the frustration and disappointment on his face. Newton even said, "If I was a fan of the Carolina Panthers I would be holding my head down in shame of the product that was out there today."

Not exactly words you want to hear from your quarterback. We can probably just chalk this one up to a bad game, but if this type of play continues in Carolina, look for some big changes to be made around Cam Newton this off-season.



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