Brandon Jacobs: Did the New York Giants RB Prove Himself?

Joseph BarattaContributor IIINovember 20, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers won 38-25.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants ended their four-game losing streak this past Sunday night when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 37-34. Once again Eli Manning and the Giants have shown the whole world that the game ain't over till the clock says 0:00.

Every player on the New York Giants contributed to the victory over Dallas.

The offensive line did not give up any sacks, the defensive line was able to get to Tony Romo a few times, even the special teams contributed. Eli Manning and the offense kept pushing down the field to find a way to win. Everybody contributed to the team's victory.

In the end, New York Giant fans nominated Jason Pierre-Paul as the player of the game—and he rightfully deserved it.

The other player that was recognized in this game was the Giants' struggling running back, Brandon Jacobs.

Brandon Jacobs had a lot more carries in the game due to Tom Coughlin suspending Ahmad Bradshaw for the first half of the game for violating league policy.

With Jacobs and D.J. Ware seeing more playing time, Jacobs managed to do two things in the game: Jacobs was able to rush for a total of 101 yards, and with his two touchdowns passed former New York Giant Tiki Barber as the Giants' all-time rushing touchdown leader.

Jacobs also managed to rush for an average 5.3 yards per carry and already has totaled 480 yards on 130 carries this season.

He also has scored a total of seven touchdowns this whole year, which is not bad considering he's the team's No. 2 running back.


Considering that Jacobs is the Giants' second running back on the team, he's doing very well staying even with starter Ahmad Bradshaw in almost every rushing category.

Bradshaw has 130 carries for a total of 490 yards, averaging 3.8 yards per carry with a total of five touchdowns. Bradshaw's longest carry this season is currently 37 yards.

Jacobs has the same number of carries resulting in 480 yards total, for an average of 3.8 yards per carry with a total of seven touchdowns. Jacobs' longest carry this season is currently 19 yards.

The Giants' running game still needs to step it up; they did improve their yards-per-carry average to 5.3 yards, but that may not be enough with the upcoming three games.

Every Big Blue fan knows that the Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys will not be a walk in the park. The New York Giants know that the run game will have to work one way or another—the only question is, how can they make the run game effective?

That is something Kevin Gilbride better figure out, or the Giants may want to get a new offensive coordinator.

Earlier this year, Jacobs stated that he might have to leave New York in order to prove himself.

From the way things look right now with Brandon Jacobs' current stats, it would seem he is already proving his worth to the team.


However, there are still three games to go.

While Jacobs has proven to be fodder for the media and some New York Giant fans who boo him and the team when they lose or don't produce, it would seem that Brandon Jacobs is proving his worth to New York's No. 1 football team: the New York Giants.

Fans everywhere have been wondering if Brandon Jacobs is a bad seed to have on the team right now with his issues and comments in the media about leaving the team to prove his worth.

But fans also know what great chemistry he has with teammates such as Justin Tuck, Eli Manning and Ahmad Bradshaw. Jacobs does want to prove himself, but it would appear that he is not willing to risk his current (and hopefully only) team's season.

Has Jacobs been running the way fans wanted him to?

Probably not, since fans believe with Jacobs' size he should be running up the middle and running over any defender in his path while still holding onto the ball.

But as long as he helps keep the drive going, who really cares where he runs just as long as it leads to a first down or touchdown.

The media and fans have taken issue with Brandon Jacobs, and many wonder even after a great performance against Dallas, is Brandon Jacobs still a distraction? That is for fans to give their opinion about and the owners to decide.

Right now as long as Brandon Jacobs is running for first downs and touchdowns, it would seem that every New York Giant player, coach and fans including Brandon Jacobs, Tom Coughlin, Ahmad Bradshaw and Eli Manning are happy with the way the team is playing.

So the question is: Has Brandon Jacobs proven his worth to the New York Giants?

Well the season ain't over yet so fans will have to wait and see how much Jacobs will contribute to the Giants in these next three games.