On Sunday, there were few bright spots to touch upon for the New York Giants after a disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Eli Manning and his receivers struggled the entire game, the defense provided Tony Romo with an open field to play with, the play-calling was confusing at best and penalties racked up in each quarter.
But Giants faithfuls left from MetLife Stadium on Sunday with a positive attitude regarding one of their new favorite players. Fans of the Giants can finally root for an elite player in their offensive backfield: Andre Brown.
Ever since his big game against the Oakland Raiders which garnered him an astounding 115 yards and one touchdown, the elusive back has provided a much-needed spark into the once dismal offense. And on Sunday against the Cowboys, Brown provided a similar stat line of 127 yards on the ground.
In just three games for Big Blue, Brown has pilled up the stats, which also attributes to the success the Giants have had before Sunday afternoon’s debacle. Rushing for 308 yards in just three games has kept opposing defenses honest, and had opened up the field for Manning and co.
Before Brown’s return to the team (due to injury that had him sidelined the first half of the season), the Giants relied on speedy David Wilson to carry the load. Unfortunately, that experiment failed terribly as his lack of skill in pass protection and inability to hold onto the football had put the team in bad situations drive after drive.
Big Blue then signed their former running back Brandon Jacobs to a contract, and then former Madden ’12 cover athlete Peyton Hillis soon after to help bolster the position and provide a stable running attack. The two did a great job in the meantime, but neither have had the impact of Brown for the offense. At the age of 26, Brown is in the prime of his career, and still has a few good years left in him barring another injury.
Giants fans, congratulations for the spotting of the do-it-all running back in Brown, a stud athlete Big Blue hasn’t seen in their backfield since Tiki Barber.