Giants at Panthers: First look

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Here is a look at some of the statistics leading up to Sunday's Giants-Panthers game.

Let's take a look a quick look at Sunday's game as the New York Giants (0-2) prepare to face the Carolina Panthers (0-2) in Week 3 of the NFL season.

What It Means

Only pretty much everything. Both teams are 0-2. The chances of an 0-2 team making the playoffs are 11.6 percent since 1990. If you go 0-3? No 0-3 NFL team has made the playoffs since 1990, so a loss Sunday is pretty much the kiss of death for 2013.

Team Stats

Offense
Points Per Game: Giants 27.0, Panthers 18.0
Rushing Yards Per Game: Giants 32.5, Panthers 129.5
Passing Yards Per Game: Giants 390.5 (1st in NFL), Panthers (151)
Total Yards Per Game: Giants 437.0, Panthers 280.5

Defense
Points Allowed: Giants 77, Panthers 36
Passing Yards Per Game: Giants 275.5, Panthers 293.5
Rushing Yards Per Game: Giants 98.-, Panthers 109.5
Total Yards Allowed Per Game: Giants 373.5, Panthers 403.0

Individual Stats

Giants
Passing: Eli Manning, 55-of-91 (60.4 percent), 812 yards, 5 TDs, 7 INTs
Rushing: David Wilson, 14 carries, 36 yards (2.6 yards per carry)
Receiving: Victor Cruz, 13 catches, 236 yards, 3TDs, (18.2 yards per catch)
Tackles: Prince Amukamara, 14
Sacks: Jason Pierre-Paul, 1

Panthers
Passing: Cam Newton, 37-of-61 (60.7 percent), 354 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: DeAngelo Williams, 39 carries, 171 yards (4.4 yards per carry)
Receiving: Greg Olsen, 12 catches, 140 yards (11.7 yards per catch), 1 TD
Tackles: Luke Kuechly, 23
Sacks: 3 tied with 1

More About Those Numbers

Manning's 812 passing yards is the highest two-game total of his career. The Giants' 791 net passing yards is the most they have ever had through two games. Cruz has more receptions of 40 or more yards than any receiver in the league since 2011. He has 14 catches of 40+ yards (3rd), nine catches of 50+ yards (1st), eight catches of 60+ yards (1st) and seven catches of 70+ yards (1st).

Carolina's Kuechly has more tackles (187) than any player in the NFL since he entered the league last season.

The Giants are -8 in the takeaway/giveaway category, while the Panthers are even at 0.

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