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Panthers—Putting their best foot Forward for Sunday’s game against Giants

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Eli Manning leads the NFL with 7 INT’s.
Eli on Panthers: “They’re a really good defense. The first two games, they’ve played outstanding.” “We gotta go out there and play our best football.”

The Giants have given up 77 points in their first two games.

Panthers are 1 out of 8 of Winless teams in first two weeks of the season. The NY Giants also take one of those spots being 0-2.

One major focus for the Panthers: Stop NY passing attack
NY Giants OC, Kevin Gilbride, expects the Panthers to play a little more conservative, with their secondary issues.

The Panthers are calling on others to step up in the secondary—- Mike Mitchell FS; R. Lester SS; CB C. Munnerlyn; CB D. Florence/ J. Thomas

Four DB’s went down against the Bills and now others must step up. Next up: Melvin White and Robert Lester will have their opportunity to go against good receivers and a good QB. Lester: “Looking to capitalize on the opportunity.” “I have a chance to prove it game time and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.” “I’m going to execute the play call and I’m going to make plays on the ball.” Lester is looking forward to Sunday to showcase his talent.

Rivera: “Mike Mitchell was solid in practice and was an effective communicator. He did everything that we wanted him to do.” Mike Mitchell will move from SS to FS. Rivera: “Im excited for [Mitchell’s] opportunity and I have faith that he is going to get it done.”
Rivera on Lester: “I expect him to play physical.” “I’m excited for his opportunity.”

Expectations for Fans—Be loud @ BOA
Players feed off of energy and can provide energy—Energetic Cam and others….The Panthers need MOMENTUM to finish games. Winning must become a habit.

A Win would boost morale going into bye week.
It will not be given. The NY Giants are also looking for their first win of the season.

Giants Defensive notables- Rolle, Tuck, J.P.P.
J. Tuck on Panthers: “A run-first offense…We gotta stop the run.”

Giants Offensive notables- H. Nicks, V. Cruz, Randle, TE Myers (13 catches)
Giants running game continues to struggle but expect them not to abandon the run.

Cam: “Striving for Perfection” or “Purrrrfection”
Rivera: Cam strives to set the tone for the Panthers. It’s important for Cam to establish who he is.

Hixon, Blackburn: Impact players hopefully against old team Giants.

Rivera’s Approach: “There’s another week. Another opportunity. We’ll give it our best and we expect to Win.”

Players to Watch: Munnerlyn covering H. Nicks

Written by: Phillip Boyce
Twitter: phillipjboyce

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