CHARLOTTE - The New York Giants (1-5) seemed to be rounding into shape as a challenger in the NFC after a 27-21 win over New Orleans in Week 4.
They had come off consecutive last-minute close losses to Washington and Atlanta and appeared to be finally getting over the hump.
Then the last two weeks happened.
Injuries. Tough opponents. Blowout losses to the Cowboys and Rams.
The Giants sit at the bottom of the NFC East with plenty of questions swirling in the New York media. Let's see more about what awaits the Panthers this weekend.
Charlotte-native Daniel Jones will be making his first career start against his hometown team. Jones went to Charlotte Latin and Duke before being selected sixth overall by former Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman in the 2019 Draft.
A Panthers fan as a kid, Jones probably wishes his first-ever game against Carolina came in better circumstances.
Jones suffered a concussion in Week 5 against the Cowboys, leaving the game early. He returned to play last week, but didn't fare well, completing just 29-of-51 passes for 242 yards and three interceptions and a lost fumble.
On the season, Jones has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 1524 yards. His four passing touchdowns are tied for the fewest among quarterbacks who've started all four games this season.
While Jones recovered from a concussion, many of the rest of his offensive weapons were dealing with other injuries last week.
Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee), and wide receiver Darius Slayton (hamstring) weren't active against the Rams.
Wide receiver Kadarius Toney left early with an ankle injury that had already been bothering him, and left tackle Andrew Thomas left with an ankle injury as well.
Keeping an eye on the Giants injury reports throughout the week will be necessary to determine what group of offensive players will be on the field on Sunday.
BRADBERRY VS. FORMER TEAM
Former Panthers cornerback James Bradberry ranked fourth in the NFL last year with a 70.1 passer rating allowed, making three interceptions and 14 pass breakups.
This season, he's already allowed four touchdowns and an opposing passer rating of 114.2.
New York's defense ranks 29th with 28.3 points allowed per game and 27th with 401.3 yards allowed per game.
Against the Rams, they allowed four touchdowns through the air, while Dallas had three passing touchdowns and 515 net yards.
Take a look at some pictures from past matchups between the Panthers and Giants. Carolina leads the all-time series 7-4.