Eli Manning and Andre Brown led the charge for the New York Giants in their 36-7 win Thursday night over the Carolina Panthers.
Disclaimer: I’m going to take a bit of a homer (explanation here for those less immersed in sports) stance in this blog post because of how thoroughly my favorite team just dominated its opponent.
We’ll start with Manning, two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL today. The man who is no longer referred to as “Peyton’s Little Brother,” but simply “Eli,” didn’t match last week’s gaudy numbers (510 yards, three touchdowns), but was nearly flawless en route to throwing for 288 yards and a touchdown.
Brown, who was filling in for star running back Ahmad Bradshaw (sprained neck), showed head coach Tom Coughlin that he is certainly up to the task.
The team’s fourth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft pummeled the Panthers front seven to the tune of 77 yards on seven rushes—in the first quarter. The former North Carolina State standout finished the night with 20 carries for 113 yards and two scores.
After entering the fourth quarter of their Week 2 game trailing by 11 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Giants made sure that another come from behind win wouldn’t be necessary.
Manning and the Giants have 10 days until their next game on Sept. 30 against the Philadelphia Eagles.