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Week 1 vs. CAR
Rushing: 12 / 44 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 21 / 0 on 2 targets
After all the grousing about losing his starting spot, Jacobs should have come out with a real chip on his shoulder. Instead he did very little of note in the carries he got behind Bradshaw and was not terribly impressive overall. Part of it was the same offensive line woes which plagued Bradshaw early, but part of it was just Jacobs. He is not as fast as Bradshaw, but doesn't seem to be running with tremendous power either. He should fit in as a good 'Thunder' option to Bradshaw's 'Lightning' but that was nowhere on display this week.
Week 2 vs. IND
Rushing: 4 / 8 / 0
A non-factor in this game, Jacobs' role seems to be withering every week with the Giants. Upsetting your coaches by throwing your helmet at a fan during a rant and unwisely trying to bounce a run outside does not help his case. Jacobs seems to be wearing down at the age of 28, and does not seem to be running as hard. Despite having such a big size difference to Colt defenders, he didn't show it. When Jacobs was not given a good running lane to work with, he routinely got stuffed early and taken down. He only 4 carries in this game and that says a lot about how the Giants feel about Jacobs productivity on the field.
Week 3 vs. TEN
Rushing: 4 / 17 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 1 / 0 on 1 targets
Jacobs looked more impressive this week with his carries, but still received a very modest workload. He showed more determination and energy with his carries, overrunning defenders like we are used to. It will be hard for the Giants to justify giving him more work with the way Bradshaw has asserted himself into the offense, however.
Week 4 vs. CHI
Rushing: 6 / 62 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 1 targets
Jacobs made a costly fumble on one of his first carries where he missed the exchange with Eli. On his next carry, he could be seen barely holding onto the ball as he ran over a tackler for a first down. He made a couple nice straight ahead runs later in the game including a 2 yard touchdown that reminded you of the Jacobs from two years ago that was very productive. He accumulated 50 of his rushing yards on two plays of final drive of the game.
Week 5 vs. HOU
Rushing: 10 / 41 / 1
Jacobs finally got more than a handful of carries and while it was only 10 carries, it was the best he has looked carrying the ball this season. He ran with confidence and aggression between the tackles and rarely went down on first contact. Even when the offensive line struggled, Jacobs kept running hard. The team didn't rely on the ground game all that much but Jacobs was effective when he got the ball.
Week 6 vs. DET
Rushing: 9 / 35 / 2
Jacobs was back to his old 'Thunder' self, running hard between the tackles for short yards and some touchdowns. Jacobs ran hard and kept his legs churning as he bulled his way through the tackles. He wasn't always effective. For example, he was denied twice at the goal line late in the third quarter. Part of that was the way the Giants ran the ball, shifting the line as they snapped, rather than just bulling their way into the end zone.
However, he did a little better on his two touchdowns, which were further from the end zone by a few yards. On the first he got an outstanding block by Bear Pascoe (TE/FB) which sprang him loose. Once he got past the line, Jacobs got some momentum and ran through a tackler and over a second. Jacobs has stopped dancing behind the line and is following his blockers to much greater affect then he was earlier this year.
Week 7 vs. DAL
Rushing: 12 / 75 / 1
Jacobs ran with the power and intensity that made him a valuable fantasy back two years ago and looked as good as he has all year. His 30 yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty. He stopped behind the line, bounced it to the outside, ran straight up the sideline with a head of steam and right through three Cowboys tacklers for the touchdown. The only negative for Jacobs was that he lost a fumble near midfield in the first half that led to 3 points for Dallas.
Week 9 vs. SEA
Rushing: 11 / 78 / 0
Jacobs, who played decoy early in the game on a play action call, looked great when he ran straight ahead for power, and predicable got nowhere when he tried to dipsy-doodle through the holes. With the points piled on, Jacobs got his share of carries, including a big 38 yard gain, which showed that he does have some breakaway speed after all. He definitely gained more steam as the game went on, and not coincidentally ran straight ahead most of the time. In the fourth quarter, Bradshaw took a seat and Danny Ware got nearly all the carries, with Jacobs spelling him for a couple. The Giants seem to be using him well, but clearly do not want to overuse him.
Week 10 vs. DAL
Rushing: 5 / 17 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 11 / 0 on 3 targets
Jacobs played against the Cowboys in a relief role for Ahmad Bradshaw. His touches came primarily when Bradshaw had been on the field for a while in longer drives and needed a breather. Jacobs is being used primarily in relief duty now and not as part of a committee. His running against Dallas showed power up the middle that he had not displayed in a few weeks. Regardless, he was not inserted for 3rd and short situations but did have one carry up the middle on 4th and 1. He was utilized on four straight plays (two runs and two targets) in the third quarter. Unfortunately, his key carry came on a 4th and 1 play where he was stuffed for no gain.
Week 11 vs. PHI
Rushing: 5 / 10 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 22 / 0 on 2 targets
Brandon Jacobs' best contribution of the game was on a passing play, believe it or not. Eli Manning threw a pass back across the formation with Jacobs all by himself. Jacobs reeled it in easily. However, his success on the ground was non-existent with the Eagles run defense playing extremely well.
Week 12 vs. JAX
Rushing: 14 / 87 / 0
Jacobs got the start for the first time all season, and while the first half was nothing to write home about, he really was effective in the second. Part of the problem was that Jacksonville dominated the time of possession in the second quarter (11:04 minutes to the Giants' 3:56). It's hard to be effective when your team has two offensive drives in one quarter, one of which was 19 seconds long --- and you're splitting carries on top of it.
The second half was a different story, though Jacksonville continued to grind the clock out. Jacobs took the bulk of the ball carrying and continued to run hard and even broke a few longer runs where he showed good vision and balance, if not great speed. Jacobs looked much better then he has in a very long time and he has definitely earned some time in the backfield, whether as a started or not.
Week 13 vs. WAS
Rushing: 8 / 103 / 2
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
As he gets more carries, Jacobs looks more and more like his old self and it couldn't come at a better time for the Giants. While only getting eight carries in the game, Jacobs had a tremendous impact and ran the ball very well. His two touchdowns were definitely impressive but he showed good elusiveness and vision on all of his carries. Jacobs did most of his damage in the first and then sat back while Ahmad Bradshaw took over. The tandem is hopping right now and Jacobs continues to look much better then he did earlier this season.
Week 14 vs. MIN
Rushing: 14 / 116 / 1
From the opening carry of the game, it was clear that Brandon Jacobs was looking to make a statement. He burst through the line and cut back over the middle, rumbling for a big 17 yard gain. Unfortunately it was called back due to a holding penalty. However, it was clear that Jacobs was not going to be stopped in this game. He hit the holes with force and power, frequently pushing the pile three or four yards after making contact. Early in the second quarter, he took and off-tackle run and burst through the line for a huge 73 yard gain. Bradshaw replaced him for a couple plays to let him catch his breath, then he came right back out and punched the ball into the end zone. He continued to have solid success against the Vikings, and by the late 4th quarter, Jacobs was gashing them for 7+ yards a carry on back to back to back plays. He finished the game as the New York's leading rusher and is back in a big big way.
Week 15 vs. PHI
Rushing: 12 / 34 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Brandon Jacobs ran the ball hard up the middle against the Eagles in Week 15, but aside from one 11-yard gain late in the first quarter he was limited to just a few yards per carry by a surprisingly stout Philadelphia defense. Jacobs once again was the second back to Ahmad Bradshaw, getting only 12 carries in comparison to Bradshaw's 19 on the afternoon.
Week 16 vs. GB
Rushing: 8 / 47 / 0
Jacobs was used exclusively in the running game and mostly up the middle on power plays. Jacobs had a nice average per carry to go with this but he never got the chance to get into a rhythm or rip off a big gain to change the tide in this game. The Giants allowed a lot of points on defense and the run was quickly an afterthought as they tried to pass their way back into this game. Jacobs had some promising runs up the middle as usual, powering his way forward and running determined. He even had somewhat of a big play getting to the outside but he then proceeded to undo any previous good by failing to see a Packers LB behind him preparing to jar the ball loose. There is no doubt Jacobs would have been more effective with a bigger workload but turnovers and poor defense made any real commitment to the ground game impossible.
Week 17 vs. WAS
Rushing: 13 / 49 / 1
Jacobs was the more productive back in a game where rushing yards were hard to come by for the Giants. The redskins were committed to shutting down the run and overloaded the box to ensure Jacobs did not run all over them like the previous encounter. Jacobs did have some bright spots however, starting off strongly with a punishing inside hand off. Jacobs managed to get to the outside thanks to some superb blocking and have a few decent runs but was mostly contained. Jacobs had a very convincing and strong touchdown run on the goaline, just overpowering anyone who tried to tackle him short of the goal line. The Giants had the lead for most of the game and were able to stick with the running game and justify handing it off so much with the lead, despite the lack of productivity.