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Inside the Numbers: Saquon Barkley moves up on Giants' all-time rushing list


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants' game against the Jets Sunday was not pretty, but Saquon Barkley worked his way through it to be the game's most productive offensive player. In the process, he continued his rise on the franchise's career statistical lists.

The sixth year running back rushed for a game-high 128 yards on a career-high 36 carries in the Giants' 13-10 overtime loss.

Barkley increased his career total to 4,661 rushing yards. That moved him past Alex Webster (4,638) and into fifth place on the Giants' all-time list. Brandon Jacobs is fourth with 5,087 yards.

Barkley has 1,064 rushing attempts, which is seventh in franchise history, just two behind Ron Johnson.

Barkley's 17th career 100-yard game tied him with Rodney Hampton for third on the Giants' all-time list, behind Tiki Barber (38) and Joe Morris (19).

Barkley moved past Morris (6,529) and into ninth place on the franchise's total yardage list with 6,568 yards (4,661 rushing, 1,907 receiving). Ahmad Bradshaw is eighth with 7,168.

Barkley has 32 games with at least 100 scrimmage yards, which ranks seventh among active NFL running backs.

Barkley's 36 rushing attempts were the most by an NFL running back since Dec. 10, 2017, when Frank Gore, then with the Colts, had 36 carries for 130 yards at Buffalo. It was the highest total for a Giants back since Dec. 5, 1999, when Joe Montgomery had 38 for 111 yards, also in a home game against the Jets.

In the three games since his return after missing three contests with a sprained ankle, Barkley has 81 rushing attempts and 91 scrimmage touches, by far the league's highest totals during that time. Jacksonville's Travis Etienne is second with 56 carries and New Orleans' Alvin Kamara is runner-up with 76 touches.

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*Kayvon Thibodeaux's 8.5 sacks tie him for third in the NFL with Pittsburgh's T.J. Watt and Cleveland's Myles Garrett. That is the highest total by a Giants player through eight games since Jason Pierre-Paul had 9.5 in 2011. JPP finished that season with 16.5 sacks.

*Tommy DeVito scored the Giants' only touchdown Sunday on a six-yard run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Giants quarterback to rush for a touchdown in his NFL debut since Sept. 26, 1954, when Bobby Clatterbuck scored on a one yard run in a 41-10 victory over the Chicago Cardinals in Comiskey Park.

*The Giants and Jets combined for 445 total net yards of offense (184 passing) and 1,078 yards on 24 punts. It was just the third NFL game since the 1970 merger with fewer than 450 yards of offense and more than 1,000 yards of punts. The others were a 7-6 Raiders victory against the Chargers on Oct. 11, 1998 (354, 1,231) and a 16-10 Dolphins triumph against the Titans on Oct. 8, 2017 (366, 1,008).

*The Giants' 203 rushing yards marked the fifth time they exceeded 200 yards on the ground in Brian Daboll's two seasons as coach.

*The Giants' 52 rushing attempts Sunday was their highest total since Dec. 4, 1988, when they ran 53 times for 170 yards in a 44-7 rout of the Cardinals.

*Their 13 punts were their highest total under Daboll, five more than the previous high – eight, the week prior in a victory against Washington. The Jets' 11 punts were the highest by a Giants opponent during those two seasons; The Commanders punted 10 times last week.

*The Giants' 21 punts the last two weeks was their highest total in a two-game span since Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 1981, against Atlanta (11) and the Jets (10).

*The Jets' 251 net yards and 12 first downs were the fewest by a Giants opponent in Daboll's tenure; Indianapolis gained 252 yards in a 38-10 Giants victory last Jan. 1, and Seattle had 13 first downs on Oct. 2.

*The Giants have lost three games this season (to Miami, Buffalo and the Jets) in which they a) did not commit a turnover, and b) had a turnover differential of +2 or better. It is the first time in the Super Bowl era they have lost three games in a season under either of those circumstances.

*The Giants' minus-9 net passing passing yards Sunday were tied for the 18th fewest in a game since the merger and were the fewest by a team in an overtime game.

*The two teams Sunday combined for 34 third-down opportunities, the highest total in a Giants game since Dec. 22, 2016, when the Giants (22) and Eagles (12) totaled 34. The last NFL game with at least 34 third-down tries was played on Sept. 24, when the Ravens and Colts combined for 38.

*The Giants-Jets game was the first in the NFL with 34+ third-down attempts and four or fewer successes since Dec. 6, 1987, when the Giants and Eagles were 3-for-36. The Giants were 1-for-18, but won in overtime, 23-20.

*The Giants' last two opponents, Washington and the Jets, each had 15 third-down chances, the most by Giants foes in a two-game span since Dec. 13-20, 2020 (Arizona and Cleveland had 31).

*The Commanders were 1-for-15 and the Jets 2-for-15 on third down. The last team whose opponents had 30+ third-down attempts with three or fewer conversions over a two-game span were the Jets in 2012. It last happened against the Giants on Dec. 13-19, 1981, when St. Louis and Dallas were a combined 3-for-32.

*Sunday's game was the 300th regular-season home loss in the Giants' 99-year history. They are 398-300-17, a winning percentage of .570.

*Graham Gano's 31-yard field goal Sunday was his 100th with the Giants. He is the fifth player to kick at least 100 field goals in a Giants uniform. Pete Gogolak holds the franchise record with 126.

*The Giant' next game Sunday is in Las Vegas against the Raiders, who lost last night in Detroit, 26-14. Since 1990, the Giants are 14-19 against teams that played the previous Monday night.

*The game in Vegas is the first of a three-game trip that also includes stops in Dallas and Washington. The Giants are one of only five teams with a three-game road trip this season. They are the only one of the five with three other instances of back-to-back trips. None of the other four have more than one.

This is the first time the Giants will play three road games in three weeks since Sept. 20-Oct. 4, 2009, when they swept a trip through Dallas, Tampa Bay and Kansas City.

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