EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – When the NFL entered Week 2 action last Thursday, only seven running backs in history had caught at least 14 passes in a game, none since 2011. Then two more backs joined the list on Sunday.
Saquon Barkley set a franchise standard - and tied an NFL rookie record - with 14 receptions in the Giants’ loss at Dallas Sunday night. Hours earlier, Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey caught 14 passes as his Panthers lost to the Falcons in Atlanta.
Barkley and McCaffrey finished three catches short of the NFL record for receptions in a game by a running back:
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*Barkley’s 14 receptions tied the NFL rookie record, regardless of position, set by Philadelphia receiver Don Looney against Washington on Dec. 1, 1940, and tied by the Redskins’ Roy Helu, Jr. vs. Carolina on Nov. 6, 2011.
*Barkley’s 16 receptions in the first two games place him third among running backs, behind McCaffrey (20) and Washington’s Chris Thompson (19).
*This is the second time in as many seasons a running back had 16 catches in his first two career games. Chicago’s Tarik Cohen had eight catches in each of his first two games a year ago.
*The Giants did not record a sack, but limited the Cowboys to 160 net passing yards in their 20-13 loss in Dallas on Sunday night. That was the lowest passing yardage total by a Giants opponent that was not sacked since Nov. 7, 2010, when Seattle had 113 yards. The Giants won that game, 41-7.
*The Giants had neither a sack nor a takeaway vs. the Cowboys, the first time that happened since their previous gave vs. Dallas, on Dec. 10, 2017. That has proven to be a lethal combination for the Giants, who are 2-21 since 1990 when they do not sack the opposing quarterback nor force a turnover.
The Giants last won such a game on Sept. 11, 2016, at Dallas.
*The Giants have lost their last six regular-season games in which they had no takeaways. They last won without forcing a turnover on Oct. 16, 2016 vs. Baltimore.
*Eli Manning’s three rushing attempts on Sunday increased his career total to exactly 300. He has gained 546 yards and scored six touchdowns on those runs. Not that we needed further proof, but the numbers solidified the truism that the 15-year veteran is not exactly a running threat. Among active quarterbacks, his 300 carries place him 14th and his 546 yards leave him 26th. Carolina’s Cam Newton leads in both categories with 846 attempts and 4,420 yards. Newton has played in 107 fewer games than Manning.
*Lorenzo Carter, one of the Giants’ two third-round draft choices this year, started the game in Dallas. He was the first linebacker drafted by the Giants to start as a rookie since Dec. 21, 2014, when Devon Kennard started in St. Louis. That was the last of six consecutive games Kennard started as a rookie, beginning with a Nov. 16 game vs. San Francisco.
*Carter joined Barkley, Will Hernandez and B.J. Hill as 2018 draft choices that have started one or both of the first two games. This is the first time the Giants started four different rookie draft choices within the first two games since the 1970 merger.
*The Giants have scored two touchdowns in two games, which prompted coach Pat Shurmur to answer a conference call question yesterday by saying, in part, “We’ve got to get in the end zone, quite frankly.” He’s not the first Giants coach to express that sentiment.
The last time the Giants scored 30 points in a game, Shurmur was the opposing coach. He was Philadelphia’s interim coach on Jan. 3, 2016 – the 2015 season finale – when the Eagles defeated the Giants, 35-30. The Giants have since played 34 consecutive games scoring less than 30 points, their longest such streak since they went 57 consecutive games from 1975-79.
*Odell Beckham Jr.’s four receptions vs. the Cowboys increased his career total to 328. That moved him past Bob Tucker (327) and into eighth place on the franchise’s career list. Chris Calloway is seventh with 334 catches.
*Beckham’s 51 yards increased his total to 4,586, lifting him above Victor Cruz (4,549) and into 10th place on the Giants’ all-time list. Ike Hilliard is ninth with 4,630.
*Cody Latimer had his first two Giants receptions in Dallas to become the 84th different player to catch a regular-season pass from Manning.
*Manning was not intercepted on Sunday. The Giants fell to 52-27 in games in which he does not throw a pick. They are 59-78 when he does.
*Zak DeOssie played in his 174th game in a Giants uniform to move into ninth place on the franchise’s career list. Former tackle Greg Larson is eighth with 179 games played.
*Tavon Austin’s 64-yard touchdown reception on the third play of the game Sunday was the longest opening-possession touchdown allowed by the Giants since Sept. 8, 2014, when Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson hooked up for a 67-yard score in Detroit – on the game’s fourth play.