Week 2: New York Giants vs Carolina Panthers 9/18/22 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Carolina Panthers (0-1) vs. New York Giants (1-0)
September 18, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: New York Giants -2.5 / Carolina Panthers +2.5; Over/Under: 42.5
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The New York Giants and Carolina Panthers clash Sunday afternoon in week 2 NFL action at MetLife Stadium. The Carolina Panthers look to avoid their third 0-2 start in the last 4 years. The New York Giants look for their first 2-0 start since the 2016 season.

The Carolina Panthers have lost their last 4 road games. Baker Mayfield is completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 235 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Robbie Anderson and Ian Thomas have combined for 155 receiving yards and 1 touchdown, while DJ Moore has 3 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 54 yards per contest, and Christian McCaffrey leads the way with 33 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 26 points and 355 yards per game. Xavier Woods leads the Carolina Panthers with 10 tackles, Damien Wilson has 1 sack and CJ Henderson has 1 pass deflection.

The New York Giants have split their last 6 home games. Daniel Jones is completing 81 percent of his passes for 188 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Sterling Shepard and Richie James have combined for 130 receiving yards and 1 touchdown, while Saquon Barkley has 6 receptions. The New York Giants ground game is averaging 238 yards per contest, and Barkley leads the way with 164 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, New York is allowing 20 points and 359 yards per game. Tae Crowder leads the New York Giants with 7 tackles, Tomon Fox has 1 sack and Oshane Ximines has 1 pass deflection.

The Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Giants are 9-22-1 ATS in their last 32 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 7-2 in Panthers last 9 games overall. The under is 20-5-1 in Giants last 26 games overall. The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in New York and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

I’m going to assume the Panthers will get their act together offensively, as there’s too many skill position players not to, and Mayfield found some success late in their opener. The concern here are the Panthers run defense was gashed by the Browns, and now they have to go up against a Giants rushing offense that has a healthy Barkley and is the top rushing attack in the league through one game. We’re still feeling these teams out, but the Giants have a clear edge based on what we saw last week. I’ll lay the reasonable chalk with the home team.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
New York Giants -2.5
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