Andre Brown and Ramses Barden established new Giants records for opening-act excellence with their performances in the Giants' 36-7 victory last week at Carolina.
Brown rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, and Barden caught nine passes for 138 yards as the Giants cruised in their first road game of the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Brown's rushing yardage and Barden's receiving total were the highest by Giants players making their first NFL starts since the 1970 merger. Brown and Barden also are the first set of teammates to have 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game while making their first NFL starts since Sept. 12, 1999, when Indianapolis' Edgerrin James (112 rushing yards) and E.G. Green (124 receiving yards) accomplished the feat vs. Buffalo.
Here's how Brown's and Barden's first starts compare with the starting debuts of other prominent Giants running backs and receivers:
*Lawrence Tynes' 18 points at Carolina increased his Giants career total to 479. That places him fifth in Giants history, just three points behind No. 4 Joe Danelo and five points behind No. 3 Frank Gifford.
*Tynes has 99 regular-season field goals as a Giant and needs one more to become the fourth player in franchise history with 100: