HRWager’s NFL Free Pick takes a gander at what is probably the last major stumbling block for an undefeated regular season. Carolina (13-0) has to visit the NY Giants with them still having relevant games to play. If one is in this situation, the Giants franchise is the mostly likely to end your aspirations for perfection. We will look at the history and ring in whether a five point spread on the road favorite is a prudent investment for this Sunday.
NFL Free Pick : Two of the Best
- 98 Giants upset the apple cart and beat a 13-0 Denver team 20-16
- Super Bowl XLII Tom Brady went down to the NYG 17-14
There are other moments in history but these two stick out in the memories of the people in the region to this day. Now Carolina survives their scare at New Orleans and here comes the trip to the Big Apple. El Nino might save them in regards to the weather. A peak ahead at the forecast sees forty degrees with slight wind for a 1 PM start on Sunday. Near perfect conditions for Carolina considering it is the weekend before Christmas in the North.
Still Play Hard
Besides the glory of an undefeated season, Carolina has yet to wrap up home field advantage in the NFC. A win here secures them the #1 seed. Even with this in the balance, Jonathan Stewart and his over two hundred rushing attempts will not play for the Panthers in this one. Look for Ted Ginn to have a monster game on the receiving end as the Giants secondary can not cover much these days. So if Carolina is to prevail in this one, Cam Newton must play an even larger role in the offense than he has had to.
The Giants will have to score a lot to keep up in this one. Beckham will not see a not of Norman covering him because Odell lines up in the slot. However, Eli goes according to the degree of pass rush he sees. As it escalates, his game declines rapidly. Production goes down but those game breaking turnovers become prevalent. This is how Carolina gets by. Five is an iffy proposition. Parlay the Panthers ML to another wager for a boost to your bankroll. Good fortune and we will see you next time here at the HRW.