It's amazing how many people, on BBV, on Twitter, everywhere, are dissing the Giants' 25-3 victory over Carolina on Sunday. Even our fearless leader Ed told Chrs Pflum it was "two bad teams" playing.
No doubt the Panthers played an awful game on Sunday. But are they an awful team?
- They clocked the Saints 26-7 a week after the Saints handed Green Bay, a Super Bowl contender, a 38-3 drubbing and a week before the Saints won at New England 28-13.
- OK, Carolina won those games when they had Christian McCaffrey in the lineup. That makes a big difference. But since his injury, Carolina has (a) led Dallas at the half, in Dallas, before losing by 8; (b) barely lost to the Eagles in the last few minutes; (c) lost to the Vikings in OT after Sam Darnold led them back in the 4th quarter. Dallas and Minnesota may wind up in the playoffs, and neither could beat Carolina without McCaffrey by even 10 points, much less 22.
- Their offense is clearly having problems right now. But their defense is mostly intact. And it includes a great young safety in Jeremy Chinn, a promising young DT in Derrick Brown, a great young EDGE in Brian Bruns, and another great EDGE in Haason Reddick. Reddick killed the Giants last year with 5 sacks when he was in Arizona. Sunday? He was invisible.
- The Giants played with a jayvee OL and with Golladay, Toney, and Shepard out. They still managed 23 points on offense.
I'm not saying the Giants are a playoff team. But they beat an at least middling team with a very depleted offense. They deserve some credit. It means nothing for next Monday at KC. But this week, a good victory.