By Marc Lawrence — From this week’s Playbook Football Newsletter: What a difference three weeks can make. Or, more to the point, what not having RB Christian McCaffrey means to the Panthers. After starting the season 3-0 SUATS and ITS (In The Stats) with McCaffrey, the Panthers are now “leaking oil” having been outgained in each of their last three contests, all SU and ATS losses without him.
And QB Sam Darnold has also been a part of the problem. He was 17-of-41 for 207 yards with a QB Rating of 55.8 in last week’s loss to the Vikings, including 17.8 in the first half of the game. He also was guilty of two delay-of-game penalties, with one occurring because he tried to call two timeouts in a row, which is not allowed.
With McCaffrey on the IR, and the Panthers 1-4 ATS as non-division road chalk of fewer than 5 points, look for the Giants to improve on their 5-1-1 ATS record versus NFC South opponents today.