Battered New York Giants take on Carolina Panthers

The Super Bowl-champion New York Giants will have a tough task on their hands Thursday night against the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., with key players Hakeem Nicks, David Diehl, Domenik Hixon and Ahmad Bradshaw out of the game. NFL Network will have all the action, beginning with Thursday Night Kickoff at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the game at 8 p.m.

Here's what else is on tap Thursday:

» Get a head start on the day's football buzz with "NFL AM" beginning at 6 a.m. ET. Today, rookie Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener stops by to talk about the development of his ex-Stanford teammate, Colts QB Andrew Luck. Also, hear from the St. Louis Rams' leading receiver, Danny Amendola.

Billick: Thoughts around the league

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Brian Billick provides his early impressions on rookies Andrew Luck, Trent 

Richardson, Ryan Tannehill and many more. More ...

» With Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning facing questions about his arm strength after Monday night's wobbly outing, Jeff Darlington reports on one of Week 3's most intriguing matchups, as the Broncos take on the 2-0 Houston Texans.

» Bucky Brooks goes into All-22 coaches film analysis and looks at how the Seattle Seahawks' talented secondary is preparing to do battle with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.

» Albert Breer reports on the seemingly deteriorating situation in New England for Patriots WR Wes Welker.

» Andrea Kremer on the late NFL Films president Steve Sabol.

» "Sound FX" is back! NFL Films takes you onto the sidelines and onto the field to bring you the best sights and sounds from the opening weeks of the 2012 NFL season.

» Match your wits against NFL Network stars like Deion Sanders, Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk and see if you can correctly predict the winners of every game in Week 2.

» It's not too late to start a fantasy football team on NFL.com.

» Happy birthday to Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang, who turns 25 on Thursday.

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