Everyone seems to agree that the Giants' offensive line has seen a resurgence over the last five weeks of the season.
While that is true, there is more to it than that. David Baas missed the first three games of this resurgence, in which the Giants averaged 4.4 yards per carry—way above their season average.
Baas returned to the lineup in the final two games, which I could not understand why, and the Giants averaged just 3.9 yards per rush.
Clearly, the combination of Kevin Boothe at center and Mitch Petrus at left guard was working, but I actually believe it was addition of Petrus that helped rather than Boothe. Boothe had started at center in the beginning of the season when Baas missed some time, and the running game did not improve at all. It seems to me that the best thing would be to start Petrus at left guard and see what the O-line can do.
Nothing I will say is going to change anything, so with the Giants set at this current lineup (Boothe at LG and Baas at C), Baas will have to play better than he has.
The running game is not a huge part of the offense, but the threat of it being there keeps teams off-balance.