Sep 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants kicker Josh Brown (3) misses a field goal as punter Steve Weatherford (5) holds Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) defends in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Jerrel Jernigan and Reuben Randle handle return duties for the Giants with limited success. Steve Weatherford averages over 47 yards per punt and has been consistent all season. Kicker Josh Brown has missed just twice all season, but his long is just 46 yards. If this one comes down to the Giants kicking a 61-yarder, I’d feel good about Detroit’s chances.
Jeremy Ross has shown he can make people miss as a return man. Sam Martin has had a great rookie season, but the longer season seems to be catching up with the rookie. David Akers has been consistently inconsistent.
Advantage – Detroit