After beginning the season 0-6, the Giants have rattled off four straight wins to bring their record to a now respectable 4-6. At this point, many fans are wondering what the reason is for New York’s resurgence. It would be wise to look no further than the power running game.
The Giants began the season with the football in Eli Manning’s hands for a majority of the time. Unfortunately, Manning isn’t a great quarterback when the team needs to consistently rely upon him. What I mean by that is Manning throws a lot of interceptions when the team falls on his shoulders for an entire season. However, he certainly has proven to be a very good quarterback when he has a rushing attack to keep balance in the offense.
An inconsistent offensive line and running back David Wilson’s early struggles forced Manning to put the game in his hands each week. Obviously, that didn’t work out so well, as the six losses are all the evidence anyone needs.
However, the additions of Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis as well as the return of Andre Brown have done wonders for New York. It’s not as if the running game has become the team’s bread and butter because it still has plenty of work to do. With that being said, the Giants have been able to power their way on the ground through most short-yard situations. Not to mention, the run game has been just good enough over the past four weeks to give Manning all of the space he needs to thrive.
It’s unknown if the Giants have what it takes to defeat the Cowboys Sunday afternoon. However, what’s clear is that Dallas shouldn’t expect to see Manning throw 42 times or toss three interceptions again. The new found balance in the offense should put Manning in favorable situations to keep up with Tony Romo and the high-flying Cowboys offense.