4 bold predictions for the NY Giants Week 2 showdown against Carolina
By Zak Musso
The New York Football Giants stunned the Tennessee Titans with a double-digit road comeback win last Sunday thanks to the revival of the 2018 version of Saquon Barkley and the questionable Titans clock management that led to a missed field goal by Randy Bullock as time expired.
The win over Tennessee gave the Giants a 1-0 start to the season, marking the first time the franchise has had a winning record during a season since Jan. 1 of 2017.
The Giants season-opening victory was their first Week 1 win since 2016, when the G-Men knocked off the Cowboys in Ben McAdoo’s debut as head coach. This week, the Giants welcome McAdoo and the Carolina Panthers to MetLife Stadium, where NY hopes to keep the good vibes rolling.
There is tons of buzz and optimism in New York after Week 1, as the Giants reversed some of the franchise’s recent troubling trends, and they will certainly look to build off that in Week 2 vs. Carolina. The Panthers lost 26-24 to Jacoby Brissett and the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, so you better believe Baker Mayfield, Christian McCaffrey, and Matt Rhule will be hungry to right the ship in Week 2.
Here are four bold predictions for the NY Giants Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers.
4. Giants defense shuts down Ben McAdoo’s offense in his return to MetLife
The biggest story coming out of Week 1 was the excellent performance of the Giants defense. Adoree’ Jackson looked like a superstar cornerback in the secondary, Austin Calitro and Tae Crowder proved that they can be quality NFL inside linebackers, while Jihad Ward and Oshane Ximines performed admirably in place of Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari. Most impressively, Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence completely silenced King Henry.
This week will be more of the same for the defense. The Giants defense will show out yet again, leaving Mayfield and McAdoo sitting on the hot seat yet again. Wink Martindale told the Giants fans to bring the energy to MetLife, and you know he will bring his own energy.
After not pressuring as much as a Wink defense usually does in Week 1, you better believe he’s going to bring the house at the suspect Carolina offensive line.
Jackson will shut down DJ Moore on Sunday afternoon, while Williams and Lawrence will live in the Carolina backfield. Baker will play like classic Baker, and make a critical game deciding mistakes as the pressure ramps up. McAdoo will leave MetLife disappointed yet again, and Giants fans will happily send him packing for the second time in five years.