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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Halftime thoughts on Panthers-Giants

By Pat Yasinskas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Well, this one isn’t even coming close to living up to its hype.

The New York Giants, despite missing several injured players, are playing like defending Super Bowl champions. The Carolina Panthers are playing like a team that was 6-10 last season, instead of looking like a team on the rise.

The Giants are leading 20-0 at halftime at Bank of America Stadium.

What’s particularly disturbing from a Carolina perspective is the defense. It has been horrible. The Panthers haven’t been able to stop the run or the pass.

The Giants scored on their first four possessions. Carolina’s offense hasn’t been very good, either, but I’d put most of the blame for the first half on the defense.

I’d like to throw out some ideas on how Carolina can come back in the second half. But I’m having a tough time doing that because I don’t think the Panthers are capable of getting back in this one.

But we’ll see.

I’ll be back with Rapid Reaction as soon as the game ends and will follow that up with a longer column after I go down to Carolina’s locker room for interviews.