UpdatedSep 20, 2011 12:27 AM ETThere's nothing resembling panic from within, but it won'texactly be a sea of tranquility tonight if the Giants struggle against the Rams intheir home debut.Losers to the Redskins last week, the Giants for the first time thisseason play in front of a fan base growing increasingly skepticalabout what 2011 has in store for a team that seemingly did littleto improve and showed even less Packers Aaron Rodgers Premier Jersey in the opener to inspire muchconfidence."They were panicking before the season," safety Deon Grant said."They looked at all the moves Philly did and the Jets bringing mostof their team back knowing we share the stadium with the Jets . . .and they Ndamukong Suh Authentic Jersey see we didn't make any moves like that. 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