A slew of injuries to players at skill positions for the New York Giants' offense actually made the Carolina Panthers favorites before kickoff of Thursday night's matchup, but a dominating 36-7 performance by the Giants proved that they can win -- regardless of who's in the lineup.
Ed Valentine of Giants blog Big Blue View focused on journeyman backup running back Andre Brown's performance in Ahmad Bradshaw's absence after the game:
The big question after Andre Brown had the best game of his career Sunday against Tampa Bay -- 13 carries 71 yards and a touchdown -- was could he do it again? Well, 20 carries, 113 yards and two touchdowns later in a 36-7 rout of the Carolina Panthers Thursday we know the answer.
The New York Giants' running back most certainly could.
As important as Brown's performance was a shutdown effort by the Giants' defense. With the 2011 Rookie of the Year calling signals for the opposing offense, the New York defense stepped up and allowed Carolina to find pay dirt just once, defying those who doubted the squad that gave up 34 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
The Giants defense made a big effort to make a dangerous Cam Newton look like a lost and confused quarterback. Newton went just 15 for 30 for 242 yards and three interceptions on the night. Jason Pierre-Paul came very close to picking off Newton an additional two more times. Newton was also limited to just six rushing yards on the night.
With the win, the Giants have more than a week to prepare for next Sunday's divisional matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.