Eli Manning didn’t need a big comeback Thursday night, not with Andre Brown running for a career-high 113 yards and two touchdowns in the New York Giants’ 36-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.
The defending champion Giants (2-1) lost their opener at home to Dallas and needed to rally from a 14-point deficit to beat Tampa Bay on Sunday.
New York was without three starters against Carolina, but it hardly mattered. The Giants dominated the first half, scoring on their first four possessions to take a 20-0 lead and outgaining the Panthers 303-125.
Brown started in place of Ahmad Bradshaw, who sat out with a neck injury. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, missed the game with a foot injury, but his replacement, Ramses Barden, caught nine passes for a career-high 138 yards in his first NFL start.
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Manning completed 27 of 35 passes for 288 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton struggled all night and was pressured into three interceptions. The Panthers (1-2) had five turnovers, including two fumbles by kickoff and punt returner Joe Adams.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton returned to practice in a limited role Thursday, the first time he’s been on the practice field since spraining his right ankle against Seattle in Arizona’s opener.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt would like to see whether Skelton improves before making a decision between starting him or Kevin Kolb against Philadelphia on Sunday.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was cleared for contact in practice for the first time since suffering a concussion in the team’s opener. He said he will play Sunday against the Dolphins. … Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson missed his second straight day of practice because of a concussion. … Former NFL running back Stephen Davis was arrested after officials said he was operating a nightclub in Columbia, S.C., even though its business license had been revoked. He also was charged with three counts involving fraudulent checks. … In response to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III accusing the Rams of being “dirty” and “unprofessional,” St. Louis linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar said, “We’re going to play our own style of football, and I’m sorry he didn’t like it. I hope he has a good day.”