Published: Sep 19, 2012 12:03 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 20, 2012 6:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK GIANTS (1-1) At CAROLINA (1-1)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Giants by 1 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 1-1; Carolina 1-1

SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead series 4-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants, No. 8; Panthers, No. 17

LAST MEETING - Giants beat Panthers 31-18, Sept. 12, 2010

LAST WEEK - Giants beat Buccaneers 41-34; Panthers beat Saints 35-27

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (T13), PASS (1)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (23), PASS (22)

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (11), PASS (8)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (24), PASS (13)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - QB Cam Newton has more rushing TDs (15) in last two seasons than any other player in league except Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy (18). ... Led by Newton's 71 yards rushing, Panthers posted second-highest single-game rushing total in franchise history (219) vs. Saints ... Five different players scored touchdowns for Panthers last week against Saints: Newton, RBs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, and SS Charles Godfrey. ... Williams and former NFL great Jim Brown are only RBs in league history with 1,000 or more career carries to average more than 5 yards per carry. ... WR Steve Smith has 40 100-yard receiving games in 12-year NFL career. ... Giants became only second team in NFL history to have 500-yard passer and two 150-yard receivers in same game last week vs. Tampa Bay. QB Eli Manning had 510 yards passing, WR Hakeem Nicks had 199 yards receiving, Victor Cruz had 179 yards receiving. Only other trio to accomplish feat was QB Norm Van Brocklin (554) and WRs Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch (173) and Tom Fears (162) of 1951 LA Rams. All three are in Pro Football Hall of Fame. ... Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is a native of Gastonia, N.C., a Charlotte suburb, and interviewed for Panthers coaching vacancy in 2011. Team hired Ron Rivera instead. ... Quarterback matchup between Newton and Manning marks first time in five years that previous season's Super Bowl MVP and Rookie of Year QBs started against each other in September. Last time was Sept. 16, 2007 when Tennessee's Vince Young started opposite Indianapolis' Peyton Manning.

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