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RB Andre Brown had another tough performance.
It wasn't an outstanding rushing performance by the Giants running backs, but it was an effective one.
Gone (for now) is the flashy potential of the speedy David Wilson. Instead, a more bruising running style has been adopted, as players like Brandon Jacobs (264 pounds), Peyton Hillis (250 pounds), Andre Brown (227 pounds) and even rookie Michael Cox (220 pounds) have carried the load. They've been far more effective, too.
Against the Packers, New York utilized a punishing duo of Brown and Jacobs. Hillis, a healthy scratch, wasn't even needed for the contest, as Cox's kick-return abilities earned him activation over the "Ice Wagon."
Coming off a career performance in which he racked up 115 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, Brown naturally had his workload curbed in an effort to preserve his health. Still, he was effective, carrying the ball 18 times for 66 yards. He also added 27 yards on three catches out of the backfield.
Brown doesn't get the sexy yardage. He's a downhill runner who doesn't shy away from contact, despite a lengthy injury history. He doesn't have a single rush longer than 20 yards—neither does any other Giants running back—but he always falls forward, and he's rarely caught for a loss.
Brown is an expert at making something out of nothing, which makes him the perfect back to lead New York back from its 0-6 start.
And then there is Brandon Jacobs, the throwback to the Giants' glory days. Has there ever been a more significant five-carry/nine-yard/one-touchdown stat line than the one Jacobs had against the Packers on Sunday?
Jacobs' longest carry was a mere five yards, but he crashed through the line to convert on three pivotal short-yardage situations. The first two were both drive-extending 4th-and-1 carries, while the third was a touchdown dive from less than a yard out.
The touchdown was Jacobs' fourth of the season, extending his franchise record total to 60—something he never imagined he'd have the opportunity to do when he was out of the game just a few months ago.