EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – When he scored both a rushing and receiving touchdown on Sunday on Philadelphia, Saquon Barkley became one of just four rookies in NFL history to hit that double in consecutive games.
He also became one of two rookies to accomplish the feat this month, and one of two players to do it in a Giants uniform.
Barkley scored both of the Giants’ touchdowns in their 25-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Lincoln Financial Field, on a 13-yard reception on the game’s first series, and a 51-yard run in the second quarter. A week earlier, he scored touchdowns on a six-yard reception and five and two-yard runs in a victory against Tampa Bay.
While Barkley was adding another line to his personal record book, Nick Chubb was doing the same for the Cleveland Browns. In Week 10, Chubb scored on a 13-yard reception and a 92-yard run in Cleveland’s 28-14 victory against Atlanta. The Browns had a bye in Week 11, but when they returned to action Sunday in Cincinnati, Chubb was at it again. He scored touchdowns on a one-yard run and a 14-yard catch in a 35-20 victory.
Barkley and Chubb joined Elvin (Kink) Richards of the 1933 Giants and Rodney Culver of the 1992 Indianapolis Colts as the only rookies to ever score a rushing and receiving touchdown in consecutive games.
*Barkley’s 51-yard touchdown run was his third this year of at least 50 yards, tying the franchise’s single-season record set by Joe Morris in 1985. Barkley also scored on runs of 68 yards vs. Jacksonville and 50 yards last month against the Eagles. Morris had touchdown runs of 56 yards at Washington on Nov. 18, 58 vs. Cleveland on Dec. 1, and 65 vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 21, 1985.
*Barkley’s three 50-yard touchdown runs matches the Giants’ total for the previous 10 seasons. From 2008 to 2017, three players had touchdown runs of 50 or more yards: David Wilson in 2012 (52 yards), Andre Williams in 2014 (50), and Orleans Darkwa in 2017 (75).
Barkley is the first NFL rookie with three touchdowns runs of 50 or more yards since Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson in 2007.
*Barkley scored two of his long touchdowns against Philadelphia. He is the first Giants player with multiple 50+ yard touchdown runs against one team in a season since Tiki Barber vs. Washington in 2006. Barber scored on runs of 50 and 55 yards in the season finale in FedExField in his last career regular-season game.
The last NFL player to score on more than one long run against one team in a season was Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin, who ran for scores of 67 and 70 yards at Oakland on Nov. 4, 2012. Martin was also a rookie.
*Barkley’s team-high seven receptions in Philadelphia increased his season total to 71. He needs four catches to pass Jeremy Shockey (74 in 2002) and move into second place on the Giants’ single-season rookie list. Odell Beckham, Jr. holds the franchise rookie record with 91 receptions in 2014.
*Barkley has gained more than 100 yards from scrimmage in 10 of his 11 career games, joining Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson as the only players in NFL history to do that.
*Barkley’s 1,410 yards from scrimmage (829 rushing, 581 receiving) place him third in the NFL, behind the Rams’ Todd Gurley (1,484) and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott (1,437). Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey is 45 yards behind Barkley.
*Barkley and McCaffrey are tied for the league lead for receptions by a running back with 71.
*Eli Manning’s 297 passing yards against the Eagles increased his season total to 3,093. Manning is one of just three quarterbacks in history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in at least 14 consecutive seasons, and one of two whose streaks are active. Manning (2005-2018), joins Brett Favre (18 consecutive seasons from 1992-2009), and Drew Brees (15 from 2004 to this season).
*Manning has 54,775 career passing yards and needs 225 yards to become the sixth quarterback in history with 55,000 – unless Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger beats him to it. Roethlisberger has thrown for 54,729 yards. The Chargers’ Philip Rivers, the third quarterback taken among the top 11 choices in the 2004 NFL Draft – and the player traded for Manning – has 53,467 yards. The 55,000-yard club includes Brees (73,580), Peyton Manning (71,940), Favre (71,848), Tom Brady (69,190), and Dan Marino (61,361).
*Manning has been sacked 397 times in his career (regular season only). Three more, and he will become the 15th quarterback in history with 400 sacks taken, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Manning is tied with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers for the fifth-highest number of sacks absorbed among active quarterbacks.
*Beckham’s 85 receiving yards on Sunday increased his career total to 5,441. That moved him past Hall of Famer Frank Gifford (5,434) and into second place on the Giants’ career list. Amani Toomer is first with 9,497 yards.
*Beckham has a team-high 1,017 receiving yards this season, his fourth career 1,000-yard season. Toomer holds the team record with five.
*The Giants’ loss Sunday ended their five-game winning streak in games in which they led after three quarters. They had lost when entering the fourth quarter with a lead on Oct.1, 2017, when they were ahead of Tampa Bay, 17-16, but were defeated, 25-23.
*This season, the Giants are 3-1 when the turnover differential is in their favor, and 0-7 when it is not.
*The Giants did not have a takeaway in Philadelphia, and have lost their last nine regular-season games in which they did not force a turnover. They last won without forcing a takeaway on Oct. 16, 2016 vs. Baltimore.
*The Eagles scored on two two-point conversions on Sunday, the first Giants opponent ever to do that in a game.
*The Giants signed tight end Hakeem Valles to their practice squad. Valles played in three games earlier this season for the Detroit Lions, and had two receptions for 11 yards – one against the Jets on Sept. 10, and one at Dallas on Sept. 30. Those are his only career catches. The Lions cut him from their roster on Oct. 6, and from their practice squad on Nov. 7.
Valles has played in 15 games with one start, for Arizona at San Francisco on Oct. 6, 2016. He entered the NFL in 2016 with the Cardinals as a rookie free agent from Monmouth University in New Jersey.