Every week, our game predictions are released on game day. That leaves Saturday for our bolder predictions.
The Giants snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 6-7 with a win Monday night in Miami, but remain stuck in a first-place tie with Washington and Philadelphia in a wild yet precarious NFC East.
Now, the Giants host the unbeaten Carolina Panthers, who have locked up their ticket to the playoffs and are aiming to improve to 14-0 on Sunday.
Here are five bold predictions for the game:
Beckham exposes Norman in marquee matchup
Odell Beckham, Jr. has ripped off six consecutive 100-yard receiving games. Josh Norman has held the NFL's elite receivers of DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, T.Y. Hilton, Dez Bryant and Julio Jones to a combined nine receptions for 89 yards. Whoever wins this battle Monday could wind up deciding the outcome of the game.
Beckham is cementing his status as one of the NFL's most dominant receivers, as Norman is doing the same on the other side of the ball in a contract year. Of the receivers Norman has locked up, perhaps none have the speed and burst like Beckham. Give Beckham the edge here, as he tops 100 yards for the seventh consecutive game, this time against the NFL's best.
Giants run D comes to play
Carolina has rushed for 100 yards or more every game this season. In fact, that streak dates back all the way to Week 6 of the 2014 season, making it 26 games in a row in which the team has eclipsed the century mark on the ground.
However, the Panthers won't have Jonathan Stewart at their disposal on Sunday, as the team's leading rusher suffered a foot injury against Atlanta in Week 14. That leaves Cam Newton and rookie Cameron Artis-Payne to shoulder much of the workload on the ground, putting the Giants in prime position to take away the Panthers' rushing attack.
The Giants hold Carolina to under 100 yards rushing and snap the lengthy streak.
Tye is the most productive tight end on the field
Greg Olsen was a first-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Will Tye is an undrafted rookie out of nearby Stony Brook.
But you can count on the latter to be the most productive tight end on the field on Sunday.
Olsen has been the Panthers' top receiver all season, but he suffered a left knee injury last week against Atlanta that might slow him down or cost him some snaps this week.
Tye is coming off a Monday night game in which he corralled his first career touchdown, and in doing so became the first player from Stony Brook to catch a touchdown in the NFL.
Tye has become a key contributor in the Giants passing game, and on Sunday he'll yet again prove as much.
Game will come down to a field goal
The Panthers are at less than full strength. They're coming to New York, and they're about to face a team that under Tom Coughlin has tended to surprise in big situations.
With a chance to knock off the unbeaten Panthers, and the Giants fighting week in and week out to stay on top of the NFC East, there may not be a bigger situation.
Defensively, the Panthers are still going to be a force, but without Stewart and with Olsen perhaps limited, it knocks the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL down to size. Offensively, the Giants have found their groove, but are vulnerable on the defensive side of the ball.
Given the circumstances, this has the makings of a close game with an exciting finish.
Giants hand Panthers their first loss
You saw this coming, right?
The Giants pushed the Patriots to the brink a month ago, and they now have a second opportunity at home to knock off a team from the ranks of the unbeaten. And there is no grander stage than in Week 15 when every game is a must-win game if they want to come out on top in the NFC East.
The Panthers are dinged up, clinched a playoff spot and are only jockeying for seeding. The Giants are desperate, in rhythm and have the luxury of home-field advantage on Sunday.
Give the Giants a second chance to beat an undefeated team and expect them to capitalize. The Giants drop Carolina to 13-1 while remaining in first place in their division.