Commentary

New York relying on ground forces

The Giants are leaning on a diverse group of backs to fill the void left by Tiki Barber, writes KC Joyner.

Originally Published: October 24, 2007
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
The Giants' five-game winning streak has been largely attributed to their improved play on defense and the great chemistry between Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress.

Not much is being said about New York's running game, which is odd, because the Giants have rushed for 516 yards the past three games. Admittedly, the Giants have faced some weak run defenses, including Atlanta's and the New York Jets', but 172 rushing yards per game is still impressive.

What is also impressive is how New York is gaining these yards. Take a look at the yards-per-attempt figures for each of the major run types over the past three games:


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