New York Giants: 5 keys to beating the Carolina Panthers in Week 5

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The 2018 season is quickly slipping away for the New York Giants after a 1-3 start.

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman spent the offseason revamping Big Blue’s roster to win-now, and that’s exactly what the G-Men need to do against Gettleman’s former team, the Carolina Panthers, in Week 5.

At the quarter mark of the season, the Giants rank 25th in offense and 11th in defense in terms of yards. Pat Shurmur’s offense is averaging just 18.2 points per game and looks eerily similar to former head coach Ben McAdoo’s offense through four games.

That needs to change Sunday against the Panthers. It will be no easy task. The Panthers have the league’s 13th ranked defense and are coming off a bye week with a 2-1 record.

They have won both games at home this season and have the NFL’s No. 1 rushing attack. Shurmur isn’t panicking ahead of Sunday’s tilt in Carolina. He is focused on putting a winning product on the field, via New York’s team website.

"“Mentally, I think we’re a team that knows we’ve got to compete and work, and we’re fighting to get better and win a football game. That’s where we’re at. I know you guys are all constantly asking me that question, but we’ve coached long enough to know that, and there’s a lot of teams right now that haven’t won all their games, so we’re all doing the same things, trying to get ourselves rolling in the right direction. That’s the real part of this, and that’s where we’re at. We’ve got a really good locker room of guys that are competing and working and trying to do what we can to win a game.”"

If the Giants hope to leave Bank of America Stadium with a win in Week 5, these five keys will be crucial to their victory.