Surprise! Giants 6th ranked rushing average so far
With a 4.8 yard per carry average, the G-Men have the sixth ranked rushing average, a stark contrast vs. last year's abysmal performance.
In the 2011 regular season, the team was dead last in average per carry with 3.5 yards per game for the first 16 games.
1) It enhances the ability for Eli to buy time to throw
2) The offensive line is jelling well, a big surprise, though maybe more so with David Diehl being forced out of the lineup.
The Brandon Jacobs-less 49ers are currently tops in the NFL with a 6.1 rushing average. It's also a big improvement over last year's season.
Next week is going to be a huge test.
If we can pull off a decent run game against the 9ers this weekend, I will be convinced that the run game is back. If that is the case, this team will be even more dangerous.
Originally Posted by joemorrisforprez
haha, I love early year rankings... so meaningless. We had one unreal strong game, 2 average games, and 2 bad games rushing the ball.
Also, Rushes per carry can be scued as well. For example, David Wilson hasnt had many touches and looked bad in all but one so far that he took 40 yards to the house. That exaggerates his YPC.
Last edited by TheAnalyst; 10-11-2012 at 10:21 AM.
If you aren't first, you're last.
Unless you're last, then you are first?
I love how people discredit statistics by citing one long run. If you exclude the Wilson 40 yard TD run, the Giants have a 4.48 yard per carry average, instead of 4.8 yards. Do you know where they would rank then? It would have put them in 7th place instead of 6th.
Originally Posted by TheAnalyst
If you or anyone else don't think there's any meaning to being 6th this year right now vs. last place during last year's regular season, then you don't watch much football or have blinders on. It's obvious that holes are forming and even 3rd or 4th and short yardage plays are getting converted on the ground this year for the first time since before Brandon Jacobs was a Giant.
There's no question here the offensive line is creating holes which it hasn't done in a lot of previous years' regular season games.
Last edited by GreenZone; 10-11-2012 at 10:56 AM.
lets not get ahead of ourselves. in our 2 losses, we couldnt run the ball consistently for jack. i want to see the OL continue its level of play and not regress s better defenses
It's definitely a good start. I'll be happier when we run with more consistency. We had a couple big run games that skewed the numbers a bit. It would be great if we can maintain this improvement. It's a hopeful sign for sure though.
It's also a huge factor heading into SF this year. The 49ers cannot count on simply launching on Eli like they did in the NFC Championship game. Now, they have to respect the Giants' rushing game.
Originally Posted by GiantRoc
Similarly, however, with the abysmal tackling of the Giants' front four, and the 49ers great success running the ball, they will have a similar advantage over the Giants when on offense.
Hopefully, Brandon Jacobs will be back to motivate the Giant defense and bring down the 49er average.
sf is top 3 in every d category including rush defense...we gotta pass to setup the run
Looks like that's been our only working strategy for the past 2 seasons....whenever we try to run to set up the pass, neither work. We get stuffed on the first two runs, then are forced into a typical 3rd and 11 and get an incompletion.
Originally Posted by giantsfan420
I love when Eli starts the game with a deep play action pass and just keeps passing non stop for 3 more plays. That always opens up the run.