New York Giants Need To Get Their Running Game On Track 1
Oct 9, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) runs for yards against Green Bay Packers defensive back Micah Hyde (33) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Nobody expected the New York Giants to have one of the best rushing attacks in the league, but it can’t be this poor either.

The New York Giants are averaging just 76 yards per game on the ground which is third worst in the NFL. They’re averaging just 3.6 yards per carry which is tied for eighth worst in the league. And they have just one run of 20 yards or more this season.

In their win against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the Giants running game was abysmal. They ran the ball 17 times for just 38 yards, and their longest run of the game was a mere six yards. In fact, the Giants rushing total has progressively gotten worse since their week three loss to Washington.

Rush Attempt Yards Average
Week 1 @DAL 24 117 4.7
Week 2 NO 32 64 2.0
Week 3 WASH 21 120 5.7
Week 4 @ MIN 18 78 4.3
Week 5 @ GB 15 43 2.9
Week 6 BAL 17 38 2.2

As you see in three of the Giants six games this season, they’ve failed to average three yards per rushing attempt.

Fortunately for the Giants, Eli Manning has the second most passing yards in the NFL. But the Giants cannot continue to be a one-dimensional offense. Yes, the Giants have had injuries to Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, but that’s no excuses for how putrid the running game has been.

Whether it’s the offensive line not getting a push and opening holes due to poor technique, or the running backs not hitting the holes quick enough, Giants offensive line coach Mike Solari and running backs coach Craig Johnson, along with the rest of the coaching staff, need to find a solution.

The good news for the Giants is the Rams have the 25th ranked rushing defense, giving up 115.7 yards per game. The Giants may start off the game by passing to set up the run later in the game.

It would be a huge plus if the Giants can get their ground game back on track on Sunday as they head into their BYE week.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.