Panthers' Reid kneels during national anthem

Panthers' Reid kneels during national anthem

Panthers' Reid kneels during national anthem

"What we haven't done is we haven't really executed quite as well as we need to yet ..."

With a large American flag in the middle of the field, Reid went to his right knee as the "The Star-Spangled Banner" was sung by Marc Martel.

The Carolina Panthers are coming off their bye week and will be heading into a matchup with the New York Giants that seems to have more storylines off the field than on it. Christian McCaffrey had 93 yards from scrimmage and an 18-yard touchdown catch for the Panthers (3-1).

For example, late in the third quarter, Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess was going for a catch when he was surrounded by Giants in the secondary, and safety Landon Collins made an excellent play on the ball to force an incompletion. "It was a big lift, particularly when you're in a tight game and you have something good that happens", Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. New York's offense is mostly to blame, because its defense has been astoundingly decent.

Then he threw in a Shakespeare reference, saying: "I'm not going to give the public a pound of flesh on this". The last member of the Panthers to protest was defensive end Julius Peppers, who stayed in the locker room prior to the anthem last season when players around the league protested. That's not something the Giants are running with the slow-footed Eli Manning at the helm.

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Moving the ball and scoring points has been a struggle this season for the Giants under Shula. He successfully connected from 64 and 65 yards at J.J. Tate High School in Cantonment, Florida. Expect Barkley to either double his carries this week or have backup Wayne Gallman carry more than twice.

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So balancing all of that, how do you evaluate the Panthers' defense Sunday? He has at least 100 all-purpose yards in all four of the Giants games and is second on the team in receptions with 27.

Starting with the 432 total yards the Giants accrued. So it shouldn't be too hard to figure out what Carolina wants to do Sunday. Gano was well outside of his usual comfort zone, but against all odds he prevailed, nailing the longest kick of his career and saving the Panthers from what surely would have been a demoralizing loss. But given that offensive coordinator Norv Turner is known to mix things up from week to week, it wouldn't be a shocker if Turner leans a little more heavily on backup running back C.J. Anderson this week.

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