The New York Giants are taking on the Carolina Panthers this week on Sunday, December 20, 2015, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Game time is 1:00 pm EDT and the game is on TV on the FOX with announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman along with sideline reporter Erin Andrews.
This is a fascinating NFL game because the last time a team was undefeated this late in the season was the New England Patriots in 2007 and they played the New York Giants in the Meadowlands in the last game of the season. The Patriots won that game but then lost to the Giants a month later in the Super Bowl to ruin their perfect season. Can the New York Giants also deal the Carolina Panthers their first defeat of the 2015 season this Sunday afternoon? The Giants really need to win this game to stay atop the NFC East too.
- Carolina Panthers -5.5 at New York Giants (O/U is 48)
The Carolina Panthers are undefeated this season at 13-0 and they are favored in the betting odds by 5.5 points this week to beat the New York Giants on the road in the Meadowlands. The Panthers have wins this season over the Jaguars, Texans, Saints twice, Buccaneers, Seahawks, Eagles, Colts, Packers, Titans, Redskins, Cowboys, and Falcons. It’s hard to argue with a 13-0 record but the 13 teams the Panthers beat in 2015 are a combined 77-94 this season and only the Packers and Seahawks have winning records.
The New York Giants are just 6-7 this season. The Giants have wins over the Redskins, Bills, 49ers, Cowboys, Buccaneers, and Dolphins. The Giants have losses to the Cowboys, Falcons, Eagles, Saints, Patriots, Redskins, and Jets. The Giants have blown 4th quarter leads in five of their losses in no small part due to turnovers and dumb plays by quarterback Eli Manning.
The over/under for the game is 48 points. The Panthers are averaging a NFL best 32 points scored per game while the Giants are averaging 26 points scored per game. The Panthers defense gives up an average of 19 points per game and the Giants are giving up 25 points per game.
Can the Carolina Panthers go into the Meadowlands and beat the New York Gaints this week to stay undefeated Sunday afternoon? The Giants really need to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive and they are no strangers to beating an undefeated NFL team this late in a season.
Cam Newton of the Panthers enters the game with a career record of 43-31-1 as a NFL starting QB. Newton is 13-0 this season so he was just 30-31-1 prior to the 2015 season. Eli Manning of the Giants has a career record of 97-83. Eli has turned the ball over 195 times in 182 career games. If Eli Manning can avoid turnovers in this game the Giants can win but if he turns the ball over numerous times as he is prone to do over his career the Giants will likely lose. Find out what happens Sunday afternoon.