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NFL Point Spreads Week 3 Thursday Night Football Game

by Scott Burgess on Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The Panthers and Giants last met in Week 1 of the 2010 season, when New York posted a 31-18 victory in their first official game at MetLife Stadium. Carolina does have the honor of being the last team to play New York at Giants Stadium as they cruised to a 41-9 win in Week 16 of the 2009 season and eliminated the Giants from playoff contention. Here are the NFL Point Spreads for Week 3’s Thursday Night Football Game. NFL sportsbooks have the Giants as -1 point road favorites over the Panthers with the over/under set at 52 points. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into the third week of the 2012 NFL season.

NY Giants (1-1) rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half and pulled out a thrilling 41-34 home victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday as Eli Manning threw for a career-high 510 yards and three touchdowns. But the win came at a price as running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion) and tackle David Diehl (knee) suffered first-half injuries and did not return.

The Giants will be without RB Ahmad Bradshaw, RT David Diehl and WR Domenik Hixon. The three have been ruled out for Thursday’s game, according to the Giants.

Eli Manning is a rare case of a QB who gets better when more and more pressure is heaped on his shoulders. It’s all well and good to call a quarterback ‘clutch’, but last week with their RBs ineffective and an injured Manning was asked to have the team put on his back, just like he was in each of his Superbowl victories– the result? He threw for 510 yards.

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Carolina (1-1) is coming off an exciting win of its own as it held off the New Orleans Saints for a 35-27 trium. Receiver Steve Smith caught three passes for 104 yards against the Saints. It was the 39th time in his career he has amassed at least 100 receiving yards. Cam Newton led the Panthers’ rushing attack against with 71 yards, two more than DeAngelo Williams on one less carry.

Being interception-free is key for Cam Newton as Carolina is 6-1 over the past two seasons in games in which he has not been picked off.

In Carolina the Edwards’ wall has changed everything in terms of how this team looks against the run. Dwan Edwards has made the unexpected, flashy plays, but it’s Ron Edwards who is getting severely overlooked at NT. Through two games, Big Ron has looked amazing. He fills space, commands the double, and is allowing Dwan and the LBs to make plays.

Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Giants are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win.
Giants are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
Giants are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.
Panthers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Over is 7-0 in Panthers last 7 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
Over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 games following a S.U. win.

NY Giants vs Carolina Panthers
When: Thursday, September 20, 2012@8:20 PM ET
Pick: Giants -1

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