In the New York Giants‘ first full game without starting running back David Wilson, the ground game responded by putting forth their best performance of the season by far.
Veteran Brandon Jacobs rushed like he did back in 2008, picking up a full head of steam and plowing through any defender that was brave enough to step into his path. In the end, Jacobs rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries. Oh yeah, he also chalked up two touchdowns.
Da’Rel Scott chipped in 17 yards as well on Thursday, bringing the Giants’ total to 123 rushing yards for the game. Going into the game, the Giants were ranked dead-last in the NFL in rushing, compiling just 56 yards per game.
The offensive line looked much better up front, generating a push and creating holes. However, it should be noted that the Chicago Bears were missing their two starting defensive tackles. Either way, New York’s offensive line was able to take advantage.
The Bears were 3-2 coming into Thursday night’s matchup, and the Giants hung around until the very end. The running game gave the team a chance to come away with a victory. but the opportunity was eventually squandered by Eli Manning‘s third interception of the night.
Wilson looks to be out longer than initially expected, and this neck injury may even end his season. The Giants get some relief in Week 10 when Andre Brown is eligible to return from the IR.
Success on the ground is the key to alleviating the pressure from Manning’s shoulders, and it will put the Giants into favorable positions if they can prove that their success on Thursday was no fluke.