The New York Giants are thin at the running back position due to the injury suffered by running back Andre Brown. The Giants brought in a couple of running backs to try out, but it appears the Giants will stay put and give the backup job to Da’Rel Scott. Scott was most definitely in line to be cut until Brown’s injury, so he should use this opportunity and not look back.
However, David Wilson will be starting as many expected. In recent years, the Giants have relied heavily on the right arm of quarterback Eli Manning to varying levels of success. Many observers may be fooled by Wilson’s size and think he isn’t a physical running back. Wilson can lower the pads and deliver a blow to a defender much like the way Ahmad Bradshaw did when he was a member of the Giants.
Wilson is also explosive at catching the football out of the backfield. Therefore, the Giants must stick to an offensive game plan that features a lot of runs for Wilson. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has not necessarily been that good of a play-caller, with his deficiencies being masked by the stellar play of Manning.
Wilson must get at least 20 touches, with most of those coming from the run. I would definitely like to see him eclipse 20 carries, because that will take the pressure off of Manning and the wide receivers. If the Giants are able to run the ball well, that will make the play-action pass very effective.
The Dallas Cowboys will most likely go into the game more concerned about the passing game than the running game. Therefore, the Giants must capitalize and run the ball early… and often.