Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/17/12
N.Y. Giants at Carolina Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. - TV: NFL Network *TV announcers: Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan *Keys to the game: Slow starts and self-inflicted wounds, chronic issues for the Giants in 2011, knocked offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride out of a comfort zone again last week. And losing RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) put the full weight of the offense on QB Eli Manning, who was 31 of 51 for 510 yards in a shootout victory. The Panthers don't have a feared defensive front, but their cornerbacks -- particularly Chris Gamble -- aren't easily beat one-on-one. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, who combined for 21 catches for 378 yards last week, put a world of stress on any secondary. The Giants are all too familiar with coverage woes, and must be mindful of QB Cam Newton's foot speed by keeping pass-rush lanes narrow. But it's not just Newton. The Panthers got their running game healthy -- 41 attempts for 219 yards, includ...
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