When the Giants eclipse 100 yards on the ground, they haven't lost this year, going 7-0.*
Giants fans like those odds.
Some of that is cause-and-effect confusion, seeing as teams run more when they're ahead. But even that can't explain the dramatic difference in fortunes when this team finds a way to move the ball on the ground.
When Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs can move the chains with their feet, Eli Manning gets more time to throw the ball and set up downfield connections with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.
It figures to show early whether the Giants offensive line can open up enough holes in the Atlanta defense to keep the running game viable. If not, look forward to a long afternoon of tightrope-walking with Eli.
*The Giants did lose a game in which they gained exactly 100 yards on the ground against the Packers. Seeing as the team played well in that loss, the logic holds.