For the second consecutive week, the New York Giants struggled to find any semblance of a running game.
Against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the trio of Brandon Jacobs, Da’Rel Scott and David Wilson combined for 23 yards on 19 carries and one TD. The touchdown was a one-yard run by Jacobs, which took two tries and unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Denver which moved the ball to the one-yard line.
Throughout the game, you could see Wilson running with two hands on the ball to make sure he didn’t fumble. He never attempted a stiff arm or a spin move, and you could tell all that was on his mind was not fumbling the ball. The only contribution made by Wilson was 121 yards on five kick returns.
On the other hand, the Broncos gave rookie Montee Ball the start and he fumbled the ball away inside the Giants’ 10-yard line in the first quarter. On the very next possession, they turned to Knowshon Moreno to take over the running back duties. Moreno ended up being a key player of the game for Denver by running the ball 13 times for 93 yards and two TDs.
Both Peyton Manning and Eli Manning threw for over 300 yards, but the inability of the Giants to run the ball and control the time of possession is what made the difference. The Broncos’ defense keyed in on Eli Manning, who wasn’t able to sustain any offense out of play-action and ended up being hit seven times, with 12 passes defended and being picked off four times.
The Giants are off to an 0-2 start and are in a must-win situation next week. If they can’t get their running game going, they could play spoiler in December instead of being a contender.