Instead, the tackle was shocked by the way the Panthers' offense struggled in a 36-7 loss to the reigning
"You've got all weekend to sit and think about what went wrong," Gross said. "Coach (Ron) Rivera said it's not time to push the panic button, but we can't let this happen. We can't be so up and down - two weeks down and one week up, so far."
The Panthers entered the season figuring offense wouldn't be a big concern with reigning AP offensive rookie of the year
The Panthers trailed 20-0 after a first half in which they failed to drive past the Giants 39-yard line - and that drive ended with one of Newton's three interceptions on a ball that bounced off the outstretched arm of receiver
"The way we played last week, I thought it was going to lead to something," LaFell said. "It didn't."
For the Giants, first-time starter
Four days after rallying from 14 points down to beat Tampa Bay, the Giants dominated the first half, scoring on their first four possessions to build the 20-0 lead.
The Giants (2-1) were without three starters but it hardly mattered.
Brown got the start in place of
Mixing run and pass, the Giants dominated the opening half, outgaining the Panthers 303-125.
Manning completed 19 of 25 passes for 208 yards in the first half, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to
Brown repeatedly bounced off tacklers, and Barden had little trouble getting open against a Carolina defense that failed to pressure Manning.
Brown ran 13 times for 71 yards and a touchdown last week against Tampa Bay and surpassed that total by the end of the first quarter with 77 yards on seven.
Barden had 123 yards on seven carries in the first half.
Before Thursday night, the fourth-year receiver had never managed more than nine catches for 94 yards receiving in a season.
Any hope that the Panthers (1-2) would turn things around in the second half were slowed when rookie returner
The Panthers didn't get on the board until midway through the third quarter when Newton leaped over the pile from a yard out.