The Carolina Panthers (0-1) and New York Giants (1-0) will face off on Sunday.
The Panthers narrowly dropped their season opener against the Browns by a final score of 26-24. Carolina is looking to rebound this week on the road in New York. However, the Giants will put up a fight.
New York earned a nail-biting 21-20 victory over the Titans to open the year. It has been a long time since the Giants held a record of over .500. They are hoping this season will be a winning one.
Sunday’s matchup between the Panthers and Giants has the potential to be an extremely competitive affair.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST on Sunday, September 18th, 2022, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants Info
Location: MetLife Stadium, Rutherford, New Jersey
Date: September 13th, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Top Sportsbooks Odds
- BetOnline: New York Giants -1
- Bovada: New York Giants -2.5
- MyBookie: New York Giants -2.5
- BetUS: New York Giants -2.5
- BetNow: N/A
The Giants are the favorites across the board. However, this game is also expected to be close across the board. Calling the Giants a heavy favorite would obviously be a stretch.
Carolina features a competitive roster. They have the potential to develop into a contender. But they certainly have some consistency issues.
If the Panthers figure things out, they will win on Sunday. But that is a big “if.” Otherwise, this will be the Giants’ game for the taking. Let’s take a closer look at this matchup.
- The New York Giants are 1-0 against the spread this season.
- The Carolina Panthers are 0-1 against the spread this year.
- The Panthers were 3-6 against the spread when playing on the road last season.
- The Giants were 3-5 against the spread when playing at their home field last year.
- Carolina was 3-6 against the spread as an underdog last year.
- New York was 0-1 against the spread as a favorite last year.
- The Giants were 0-1 against the spread when playing as a home favorite last year.
- The Panthers were 2-4 against the spread when playing as a road underdog last season.
The Giants are off to a strong start. They earned the win and upset the spread in Game 1. Meanwhile, the Panthers were able to do neither of those things at home to kick off their 2022 campaign.
These were two teams that were downright bad against the spread a season ago. The Panthers were just 3-6 ATS on the road, but New York was just 3-5 ATS at home.
The Giants were not exactly used to being favored, as they only played one game as a favorite in 2021. Meanwhile, the Panthers struggled as an underdog ATS.
But these are different teams in 2022. Anything can happen. Both the Giants and Panthers are aiming to keep last year in the rearview mirror and move on.
Betting on Carolina Panthers
The Panthers almost pulled out the victory in Baker Mayfield’s debut. But they ultimately dropped the contest. It should be noted that Carolina displayed plenty of heart in the game.
They trailed 17-7 heading into halftime. But the Panthers fought back and got the score within two points before losing the game.
Mayfield finished with 235 passing yards and a touchdown on 16-27 passing. It was far from an extraordinary performance, but he made a few big plays.
The concerning element of it all was that Christian McCaffrey only received ten total rushing attempts. Head coach Matt Rhule said that he intends on utilizing the pass more often than the run. He believes that winning teams rely on the passing attack.
Although that may be true for teams like the Chiefs and Bills, he needs to realize that he has arguably the best NFL running back in his backfield. The Panthers need to implement the run on a more consistent basis.
One has to wonder how the game would have turned out if the Panthers used Christian McCaffrey an appropriate amount of times.
We will see if the Panthers stick with the same strategy heading into this matchup with the Giants.
Betting on New York Giants
The Giants upset the odds and got the job done in Tennessee on Sunday. They also had to battle back in the game.
The Titans led 13-0 at halftime. It seemed as if New York was destined for another 0-1 start to a season. But the Giants roared back 13 third-quarter points to climb into contention. They went on to out-score the Titans 8-0 in the fourth quarter en route to the win.
Quarterback Daniel Jones did not post big numbers. However, he was rather efficient. Jones went 17-21 on his passing attempts.
He added two touchdowns in the victory.
But it was running back Saquon Barkley who stole the show. Barkley tallied 164 rushing yards on 18 attempts. He scored one touchdown in the affair.
Barkley added six receptions out of the backfield, which led all of New York’s receivers. It was truly a great showing by the Giants’ running back.
New York would love nothing more than to start out the season with a 2-0 record. This is a franchise that has endured a plethora of underwhelming performances and frustration over the past few years.
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants Picks and Predictions
Which team should you place your money on?
In the end, this may end up being a competitive game. I believe it will be decided by how much Christian McCaffrey is utilized.
Banking on common sense, I expect Matt Rhule and the Panthers offense to turn to the run more often on Sunday. As a result, I like the Panthers as an underdog pick.
- Go ahead and take the Carolina Panthers as your moneyline (straight up) betting selection for this game.
- Take the over on the implied point total in this one.
- Roll with the Carolina Panthers +2.5 with your Sunday spread betting selection.