Keys to the Game: Panthers vs. Giants

The Carolina Panthers (13-0) have already earned everything they need for their playoff push. They have the top spot in the NFC, and a first-round bye securred. But with a perfect 16-0 season growing more an more realistic, how can they let a game slip?

1. Let Cam Newton air it out early and often

With no Jonathan Stewart in Week 15, the Panthers would be smart to take advantage of Newton's matchup with the New York defense. While the Giants haven't been terrible, they've still allowed 4,092 passing yards and 23 touchdowns through the air this season. Newton, on the other hand, has been on fire as of late, and there's no reason to make him slow down now.

2. Utilize the running backs in the passing game

Whether it's Fozzy Whittaker, Mike Tolbert or even Cameron Artis-Payne, Newton should look to dump it down to his backs. The Giants have allowed opposing running backs to catch a whopping 76 passes for 651 yards and four scores this season. Whittaker and Tolbert are both strong pass-catchers, so don't be surprised to see them get involved right out of the gate.

3. Send pressure in the face of Eli Manning

During the most recent victory for the Giants, Manning was sacked zero times and completed an incredible 87.1 percent of his passes. In the three losses before that? Manning was sacked nine times and never saw his completion percentage go above 54.5 percent. It's not a huge surprise that these two stats go hand-in-hand, and the Panthers will likely look to send the house against Manning. Manning struggles with interior pressure.

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