PANTHERS (3-3) AT GIANTS (1-5)
MetLife Stadium, 1 p.m.
Line: Panthers by 3; O/U 43.5
TV: FOX (Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth)
Radio: WFAN-660 AM (Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Howard Cross); Sirius 132; XM 230
GIANTS: OUT: RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), WR Kenny Golladay (knee),WR Kadarius Toney (ankle); DOUBTFUL: DL Danny Shelton (pec); QUESTIONABLE: LB Tae Crowder (thigh), TE Evan Engram (calf), WR John Ross (hamstring), WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring), WR Darius Slayton (hamstring).
PANTHERS: OUT: LB Shaq Thompson (foot), WR Terrace Marshall (concussion), FB Giovanni Ricci (concussion); QUESTIONABLE: T Cam Erving (illness), WR Alex Erickson (concussion).
Sam Darnold had five rushing touchdowns in his three years with the Jets. He has five rushing touchdowns in his two months with the Panthers. "Sometimes when he scores you listen to (offensive coordinator) Joe Brady over the headset and he’ll scream: ‘Derrick Henry!’ " Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said. "He’s kind of become this short-yardage power back down in the tight red zone." The Henry comparison isn’t far off . . . statistically anyway. The Titans’ bruiser is the only player in the league with more rushing TDs than Darnold, who is tied with five others for second. It’s a part of the Panthers offense the Giants will have to be prepared for. "You’re dealing with college stuff," defensive coordinator Patrick Graham said. "You’ve got to make sure someone’s accountable for the quarterback every time, especially down there in the red area where it seems to come up."
"I truly think Chase is going to be a head coach in this league at some point in time." – Giants special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey on his Carolina counterpart, former assistant, and former Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn
DJ Moore, Panthers WR: The Panthers’ passing game has struggled a bit with Christian McCaffrey out, but look for that to change against a Giants defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to WRs this season. Moore has been held scoreless in his last two outings but still is averaging 10.5 targets per game and is seeing 28.1% of the Panthers’ target share. -- Nick Klopsis
73.9: Completion percentage of opposing quarterbacks against the Giants, the highest in the NFL. Just 54 of the 207 passes thrown against them have been incomplete (49) or intercepted (5).