The New York Giants got a much needed boost in their running game this past Sunday with the return of Andre Brown. Brown had 30 carries for 115 yards and one touchdown in the game on Sunday. Now after his emphatic return last Sunday, the topic on everyone’s mind is, can Brown save the Giants’ running game?
The Giants have the worst running game in the league this season, and have had a revolving door around the starting running back position as well. This week, the Giants put running back David Wilson on injured reserved to make room for Brown.
Earlier in the season the Giants signed, cut, resigned, and cut running back Da’Rel Scott. They signed running back, and veteran Giant Brandon Jacobs, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Then they signed running back Peyton Hillis to add to their platoon of running backs. With Brown back they should get stability at the running back position and end the RB carousel.
After seeing that Brown was back and in the starting lineup on Sunday, no one could have predicted that he would have such a great game. Brown looked like he was in mid season form and was never hurt this season. Last season, Brown broke his fibula and spent the offseason recovering, then he broke his leg in the final preseason game. He has been battling back from injuries and his effort has resulted in the best game of his career.
Going forward the Giants are going to need Andre Brown to keep performing at the level he did on Sunday. They need to establish the power running game as they go forward in the season. The lack of a running game has hurt the Giants offense and has made Eli Manning have to make more plays in the passing game. One of the biggest problems was converting third and long situations. With an effective running game, the problem with long third down conversion should start to become manageable as the Giants face fewer third-and-forevers.
Having Andre Brown back will help the Giants out tremendously as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive. Hopefully this mean the Giants can get back to playing Giants ground and pound football.
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