Carolina Panthers vs. NY Giants: Half-time Report

Sep 20, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith must be asking where the team from last week has gone. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

The Panthers are trailing the Giants 20 to 0 as we head into the 2nd half.

New York would strike first early, scoring on their first drive, making the Panthers the only team in the NFL that have given up a TD on all three of their opponents opening drives. The Giants would add on a FG their next drive and then down the field for another score later on as the Panthers found themselves unable to come up with stops. Two key players have stepped up for the Giants: Andre Brown chewing up yards on the ground for over 7 yards per carry and Ramses Barden taking advantage of some soft coverage by Panthers CBs and snagging 7 receptions for 123 yards.

Consistency proves to be an issue with the Panthers so far on offense as they've managed to get good chunks of yards on individual plays but were unable to put together a substantial drive. And like with the first game, pressure on Cam Newton has been a problem. Not just in sacks, but Jason Pierre-Paul has been disruptive by getting his hands up and tipping passes. Cam has also struggled only connecting on 5 of 12 passes with an INT.

A quick hats off to Gary Williams though. When Pierre-Paul tipped a pass into the air, Gary Williams reacted quickly to knock the ball away as he tried to make it an INT as well.

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