New York Giants: 3 things to watch for against the Carolina Panthers

Watch Cam Newton speaks on the Panthers signing Eric Reid

Watch Cam Newton speaks on the Panthers signing Eric Reid

The heat is on the New York Giants receiver and quarterback Eli Manning after a crushing 33-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers. "Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his family and communities in need". Odell Beckham Jr. has yet to score a touchdown and will reach a career-long drought of five games if he doesn't score Sunday.

The newest member of the Panthers, Eric Reid, is expected to start but how much will he contribute?

Christian McCaffrey picked up the first down (barely), but the Panthers had to waste precious clock.

Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the national anthem before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2016. And these are the kind of things, in my opinion, when we have the locker room that we have that will help galvanize them because the locker room took care of it and that is all I'm saying on it. Finito. "Like I said, I feel like he's not going to get out the pocket". "What he does on the football field is going to impact this team".

C Defensive line: The Giants entered the game with 15 sacks allowed in four games, and had gave up just one on Sunday. Michael Thomas said he has no issue with a player trying to hold others accountable.

The Giants have gotten killed on zone reads all year, and now the face arguably the best quarterback at running the zone read.

We know it's a staple of the Panthers offense with Cam Newton.

VERNON'S BACK: The Giants are optimistic that outside linebacker Olivier Vernon will see his first action of the season after a strong week of practice. Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore showed off their ability after the catch, and Samuel scored his first National Football League touchdown. That could be a major problem this week with Newton taking snaps.

The Panthers improve to 3-1 with the win, a critical win in the competitive NFC South, while the Giants fall to 1-4.

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