Breaking Down the New York Giants’ Struggles in the Running Game

September 18, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After just two games, the New York Giants rushing attack is neck-deep in a slump that has seen them run 33 times for 73 yards (1.2 yards per carry average) and one touchdown. Those figures qualify the Giants for dead last in the NFL.
Against Denver, there were some interesting trends to emerge from the game.
Seven of the Giants' 19 rushing attempts went for zero or negative yards. New York lost 12 yards with all but one of those failed runs occurring on either first or second down.
The Giants ran eight running plays from the shotgun formation. Of those eight, they had just three plays for zero or negative yardage, and they ended up accumulating 15 of their 23 rushing yards.
Of the rushing attempts that went for zero or negative yardage, the majority (four) took place on the right side of the formation.
This article looks at some of the Giants’ failed rushing attempts in an effort to see if there are any emerging trends. 

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