Ron Rivera calls Graham Gano's game-winning kick a 'piece of cake'

Elena Summers
October 8, 2018

On a day that Carolina's Graham Gano hit a 63-yard field goal to win a game, Green Bay's Mason Crosby was about as poor as a placekicker can be, missing five kicks - four field-goal tries and an extra point - in the Packers' 31-23 loss indoors at Detroit.

"But he has a thing about doing that against the Giants for whatever reason".

Saquon Barkley has been one of the few bright spots in the Giants 1-3 start. Four passes, 75 yards. and nearly no resistance whatsoever. His yards-per-carry linger at a respectable 4.6, and he has 260 yards on the season with 13 first downs, but he is getting so little help from the rest of the running back group.

Gano had a 58-yarder in the playoffs last season.

If the Panthers defense is vulnerable in one area, it's their run defense as they're giving up 110 yards a game on the ground. This game has the potential to be much closer than its spread if the Giants put it all together, yet National Football League oddsmakers do not seem to expect that to happen here in Week 5.

It wasn't enough. Beckham and Manning undoubtedly weren't alone with their uneven performances - the Giants committed an unthinkable amount of unforced errors.

On fourth down, with a yard needed to convert and three minutes left in the game, the Panthers disguised their offense as if they would run the ball. Some of that was Barkley, some of it was Manning - who finished the game with 326 passing yards and two touchdowns - and some of it was star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who both caught and threw for a touchdown pass.

Will Manning be bold and challenge the Panthers secondary deep with Beckham and Latimer, or will he remain conservative and settle for check downs.

Looking ahead, Carolina will get Pro Bowl outside linebacker Thomas Davis back from a four-game suspension and Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen is on target to return from a foot injury.

The Giants will once again be without Olivier Vernon this week, but Josh Mauro will make his debut with the team after serving a four-game suspension. It's the zone read. That could be a major problem this week with Newton taking snaps. He has 10 interceptions, 34 passes defended, one sack and 375 tackles since being selected by San Francisco with the 18th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

"He just kept fighting", coach Pat Shurmur said. "We've got us a thing and now he's back at practice and I can't wait to show him".

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