The dust has barely settled on the New York Giants’ dominating 36-7 win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football, and already, questions have to be mounting about how the defending Super Bowl champs are going to handle the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4 of the campaign.
The list of injuries for the G-Men is eight miles long, and it might have only gotten longer when S Antrel Rolle ran into a cameraman and ended up with a leg injury as a result. WR Hakeem Nicks, DB Michael Coe, T David Diehl, WR Domenik Hixon, and RB Ahmad Bradshaw all sat out on Thursday night, but it was obviously clear that their replacements were all able to do the job.
It seems as though New York might have found a star in RB Andre Brown. Brown had 113 yards and two TDs on 20 carries filling in for the injured Bradshaw, but he might not have been the best find of the bunch. That might have gone to WR Ramses Barden, who came off of the bench to replace Nicks having had just a total of 16 receptions in his four-year career. Barden had the biggest game of his life, catching nine of the 10 balls thrown his way for 138 yards.
On the plus side of things, LB Keith Rivers and DB Prince Amukamara were both back in the fold in Week 3 for the Giants, and they will be expected to be big contributors on the defensive side of the ball against QB Michael Vick and company in Week 4.
Considering this game is going to be played at Lincoln Financial Field, it would seem as though the Giants would be underdogs on the NFL picks for the game. That would suit them just fine though, as they have played their best over the course of the last several games when they backs were against the wall. New York’s win over Carolina improved it to 7-0 ATS in its last seven games as the underdog in the contest.