New York Giants’ running back Andre Brown made his season debut in the win against the Oakland Raiders, and it was his surprising contribution that helped the Giants win the close one. Brown, coming off a broken leg from the preseason, probably wasn’t expecting to get a lot of carries. The plan probably was to ease him into the flow of the game and then increase his workload.
However, Peyton Hillis continues to be annoying with his play, so it was thrilling to see the Giants stick to Brown for the majority of the game. Hillis is supposed to be a good blocker, but completely whiffed on a block in the first half against a much smaller safety, who ended up sacking quarterback Eli Manning.
Hillis is supposed to be a big, bruising back. However, he continues to go to the ground after minimal contact. Hillis also fumbled on an innocent screen pass on third-and-long, giving the Raiders excellent field position. To sum it all up, Hillis probably should be on his way out if Brandon Jacobs can return soon enough.
The Giants probably had no other choice but to leave Brown out there. He was getting four-to-six yards a carry, getting the extra yards Hillis hasn’t really gotten his entire career. There were a couple of stretches where Brown was on a roll, and the Giants just kept feeding him the ball.
Brown is the reason the Giants beat the Raiders. He probably won’t be that big of an impact going forward. The Giants will mostly need the right arm of Manning in order to win some of these games late in the season. The Giants catch a break facing the Green Bay Packers without Aaron Rodgers.
However, after their game against Rodgers, the offense will need to play much better.