We’re nearing the heart of the 2021 regular season. This is where the year will be saved or broken for all 32 teams. Two squads in particular — the Panthers and Giants — face defining stretches, and their battle could have big implications. Here’s an early look at the Panthers vs. Giants game, complete with NFL odds, a prediction, and channel options.
Carolina Panthers vs. New York Giants prediction and odds | Week 7
- Spread: Panthers -3
- Moneyline: Panthers -155, Giants +135
- Over/Under: 44
Odds from DraftKings sportsbook
The current spread for the Panthers vs. Giants matchup is listed at -3 in Carolina’s favor. Even with the Panthers’ recent struggles, that isn’t a surprise. The Giants are in just as rough shape and have had trouble with injuries in recent weeks.
Overall, the Giants are 1-5 on the year and 2-4 against the spread. Most recently, they were flummoxed by the Rams in a lopsided 38-11 Week 6 affair. New York appeared much more competitive earlier in the year. Lately, they’ve been limping along, and it’s unclear if their struggles will cease.
The Panthers can relate to the Giants in that sense. They’re 3-3 overall after starting the season 3-0, and they’ve followed the same trajectory against the spread. After clearing the spread for the first three weeks of the season, the Panthers have failed to cover in the last three games since.
Panthers vs. Giants prediction: Can Carolina get back on track?
Three weeks ago, it looked as if the Panthers could be legitimate contenders for the NFC South alongside Tampa Bay. Sam Darnold seemed improved from his days in New York, and the defense was playing to its potential. Now, Carolina is on a three-game losing streak. Darnold has thrown 6 interceptions over that span and lost an additional fumble against Minnesota.
We’d say things are better in New York, but they aren’t. Joe Judge’s squad is 1-5 and coming off a brutal loss to the Rams. Over the past two games against the Rams and the Cowboys, they’ve allowed a total of 82 points. Daniel Jones is fresh off one of his worst career games — a contest he perhaps shouldn’t have played in after suffering a concussion a week prior. Injuries to the Giants’ playmakers across the board don’t help matters.
Offensively, things have quickly regressed for the Giants and the Panthers. Things aren’t great on defense, either. The Panthers have been solid all year but suffered a few mishaps at the hands of what should’ve been a manageable Vikings offense. The Giants, meanwhile, have regressed on that front. Their defense has a pressure rate of just 16.9% on passing downs — third-worst in the league. And their secondary hasn’t been as consistent as it was in 2020.
Panthers vs. Giants prediction
A lot depends on the Giants’ health. Jones wasn’t at 100% in Week 6 against the Rams. But even if he was, he was still missing Darius Slayton, Kenny Golladay, Saquon Barkley, and left tackle Andrew Thomas. New York also lost its starting center to a season-ending injury back in Week 2 against Washington.
There’s a chance some of those players come back in Week 7 against the Panthers. But even then, the Giants’ offense will be in trepidatious territory. New York will be facing a Carolina defense that’s generated pressure at a 24.9% clip this season — a rate that’s good for eighth in the league. They may be doing so with a banged-up offensive line as well.
It’s well-documented that Jones and Darnold are both subpar quarterbacks against pressure, and both have less-than-stellar offensive lines this year. But the Panthers’ pass rush has appeared more consistent this year, and may be more equipped to produce against the G-Men’s front. That, along with a secondary that’s allowed big plays, may be the deal-breaker for a Giants squad that won’t be able to keep up.
It should be a relatively low-scoring game with imperfect offenses, but this should be an opportunity for Carolina to get right and cover the spread.
Prediction: Panthers 27, Giants 19
How to watch and listen to Panthers vs. Giants this week
- Start time: 1 PM ET
- Channel: FOX
- Live stream:
- Hulu + Live TV
- YouTube TV
- DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket
- NFL Mobile App
- Sirius XM Radio