There are plenty of familiar story lines heading into Week 4 of the NFL season. The Denver Broncos are looking like a championship team. New Orleans is back on top in the NFC South. Miami appears to be one of those “surprise” teams that could make the playoffs. Oakland is struggling once again. And New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is on the hot seat. [ Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] Coughlin’s teams seemingly start slow every year before sneaking into the playoffs, but that appears very unlikely right now. New York was embarrassed by the Carolina Panthers, 38-0, this past Sunday, and appear to be spiraling out of control. The Giants are averaging only 44.3 rushing yards per game (last in the NFL), their defense has produced three sacks (tied for worst in the NFL) and allowed 38.3 points per game (worst in the league). Meanwhile, Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown five touchdowns and eight interceptions and owns a 70.5 passer rating. While the first day of fall indicates September for most people, rumors about Coughlin’s job security is the needle for NFL fans. THIS WEEK'S THREE HOTTEST SEATS 1. Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay After two straight close losses, the Bucs decided to end all suspense and lose 23-3 against the New England Patriots. Former Bucs coach Raheem Morris probably believes he could do more this team than the lackluster squads he was given – and is probably correct. 2. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants New York’s next three opponents are Kansas City, Philadelphia and Chicago. Unless the Giants can pull off an upset, this could be a 0-6 team. 3. Ron Rivera, Carolina Carolina had a strong win heading into its bye week, but this team still has plenty of issues. The Charlotte Observer reported Rivera will not lose his job during the season. That does not mean it will not occur after this year. GETTING WARMER Mike Shanahan, Washington Fred Smoot recently ripped Shanahan , and it is hard to blame him after Washington’s 0-3 start. Shanahan has led Washington to only one winning season in the past four years. It is just a matter of time before Washington general manager Bruce Allen begs Jon Gruden to come out of retirement and coach his team (both men worked together in Tampa Bay). GETTING COLDER Rex Ryan, New York Jets The Jets are 2-1 and Coughlin’s team is 0-3? Now that is something most NFL observers did not foresee prior to this season. - - - Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com and "Like" Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. -- Use any words available to describe the play of the New York Giants in their 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers Sunday are apt -- as long as those words are negative.
COMMENTARY | New York Giants fans must have felt like the biggest losers on Sunday, September 22.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott's went into the game against the New York Giants needing a big game from his front seven.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton tried to tell everyone who would listen last week that the Carolina Panthers were much better than an 0-2 team.
What does this say more about ... the Carolina Panthers' defense or the New York Giants' offense? In a 38-0 Carolina whitewash that few saw coming, the Giants' Eli Manning was sacked seven times — six coming in the first 17 minutes of the game — and were miserable offensively in the first quarter, finding themselves down 31-zilch at the half. [Play Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: The No. 1 free fantasy football game! ] First, credit the dominant front of the Panthers. They came at the Giants from all angles, led by Greg Hardy, who rushed from inside and out to collect three sacks. Star Lotulelei was a monster inside, and Charles Johnson (sack, three QB hits) was Mr. Outside, as usual. It was a stunning performance by the Panthers' defense, which held the Giants to one yard or fewer on 15 of the Giants' first 24 plays.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton threw touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell on consecutive possessions and the Carolina Panthers didn't need to withstand any late-game threats this time, trouncing the New York Giants 38-0 on Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- New York Giants starting fullback Henry Hynoski will not return Sunday against the Carolina Panthers following a shoulder injury.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- New York Giants starting fullback Henry Hynoski will not return Sunday against the Carolina Panthers following a shoulder injury.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers will be without three defensive starters against the New York Giants after defensive tackle Dwan Edwards was declared inactive with a thigh injury.

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