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Inside the Numbers: Saquon Barkley's record-setting pace

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A healthy Saquon Barkley has regained his standing as one of the NFL's most outstanding players with one of the best starts by a running back in Giants history.

After four games, Barkley leads the NFL with 463 rushing yards (four more than Cleveland's Nick Chubb) and 570 yards from scrimmage (74 ahead of Chubb).

Barkley's latest showcase was the Giants' 20-12 victory against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, when he had 31 rushing attempts for 146 yards (just three yards less than the Bears' team total), caught three passes for 16 yards and took three snaps as a wildcat quarterback after Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor both left the game with injuries.

The 31 carries are the most by a Giants back since Rashad Jennings had 34 (for 176 yards) in a victory against Houston on Sept. 21, 2014.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Barkley's 463 rushing are the most through four games in franchise history:

  • 2022: Saquon Barkley - 463
  • 2004: Tiki Barber - 455
  • 1993: Rodney Hampton - 430
  • 2000: Tiki Barber - 391
  • 2003: Tiki Barber - 384

Barkley has the second-most scrimmage yards through four games in Giants history:

  • 2004: Tiki Barber - 619
  • 2022: Saquon Barkley - 570
  • 1967: Homer Jones - 566
  • 2000: Tiki Barber - 544
  • 1956: Frank Gifford - 537

Barkley raised his career rushing yardage total to an even 3,400. That moved him past Eddie Price (3,292) and Doug Kotar (3,380) and into ninth place on the Giants' career list. Gifford, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, is eighth with 3,609 yards.

Barkley is averaging 70.8 rushing yards in his 48 career games, the highest per-game average by any of the 44 players who have rushed for at least 1,000 yards in a Giants uniform. Barber is second at 67.9 yards.

The 100-yard game was the 14th in Barkley's career.

Barkley has 4,989 total yards (3,400 rushing, 1,589 receiving). He moved past Chris Calloway (4,904) and into 16th place on the franchise's career list.

View photos from the Giants' Week 4 game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium.

*The Giants rushed for 262 yards Sunday, their highest total in almost 14 years (301 vs. Carolina on Dec. 21, 2008). The NFL is experiencing a run game renaissance. In Week 4, seven teams rushed for at least 189 yards, including five that passed the 200-yard mark (the Giants had the league's highest total). All seven teams won (Seattle, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Green Bay and Kansas City, in addition to the Giants, all took the ground route to victory).

*The Giants have rushed for more than 100 yards in four straight games to start a season for the first time since 2010 (first nine).

*The Giants and Bears combined for 411 rushing yards Sunday, the highest total in a Giants game since Dec. 21, 2008, vs. Carolina (459 yards) and the most in an NFL game since Jan. 3, 2021, when Cincinnati and Baltimore combined for 551 rushing yards.

*The teams combined for 76 rushing attempts and just 38 passes, the greatest run/pass disparity in a Giants game since Dec. 6, 1981, vs. the Los Angeles Rams (86-43). It was the largest difference in the NFL since Dec. 6 of last season, when the Bills and Patriots played on a windy Monday night in Buffalo (where Brian Daboll was the offensive coordinator). New England threw just three passes as the teams combined for 71 rushing attempts and 33 throws.

*According to The Boston Globe, there have been 234.8 rushing yards per NFL game this season, the second-highest number since 1990. The NFL is on pace for the most 200-yard rushing games since 1983.

*The leaguewide rushing average of 4.44 yards per carry is the highest in history through four weeks.

*The Giants 134 rushing attempts are the league's fourth-highest total, behind Philadelphia (153), Cleveland (149) and Chicago (136). Their lone loss, to Dallas, was the only game in which they had fewer than 30 runs (25).

*Jones' 193 rushing yards this season place him third among NFL quarterbacks, behind Baltimore's Lamar Jackson (316) and Philadelphia's Jalen Hurts (205).

*Jones rushed for both of the Giants' touchdowns Sunday, on runs of 21 and eight yards. He joined Jeff Hostetler as the only quarterbacks in Giants history with at least two rushing touchdowns in multiple games. Hostleter did it twice against the Cardinals in Phoenix, on Nov. 5, 1989 (five and three-yard runs), and Nov. 10, 1991 (47 and four yards).

*The Giants have not been as proficient passing the ball. They have not passed for 200 net yards in any of their last 13 games, the longest streak in the NFL since Kansas City went 14 games in 2012-13. It is the Giants' longest streak since they went 25 games in a row from 1976-78.

*Jones' 71 passing yards Sunday increased his career total to 9,029. He is the seventh player in franchise with at least 9,000 passing yards.

*Neither team scored a second-half touchdown Sunday, the first time that happened in a Giants game since Dec. 31, 2017, vs. Washington (an 18-10 Giants victory).

*The Giants are the only NFL team without an interception this season and they have played five consecutive games and nine of their last 10 games without a pick dating back to last season. The Giants' last interceptions were by Tae Crowder and James Bradberry at Chicago on Jan. 2.

*Rookie linebacker Micah McFadden made his first career start against the Bears. He is the sixth 2022 Giants draft choice to start at least one of the first four games. The others are Kayvon Thibodeaux, Evan Neal, Cor'Dale Flott, Daniel Bellinger and Dane Belton.

Six starting draft choices is the NFL high this season. No other team has started more than four of their own 2022 draft picks.

*Linebacker Tomon Fox is the only rookie free agent in the NFL with a sack this season. He got it in the season opener at Tennessee.

*The Giants finished 2-1 on their three-game homestand, losing the second game. It was the NFL's 140th three-game homestand since 2010, and the Giants were in line with the league norm, in which 2-1 is the most common record and the second game is most frequently lost:

3-0: 31

2-1: 54

1-2: 41

0-3: 14

Game 1: 80-60

Game 2: 75-65

Game 3: 87-53

*Historical Note of the Week:

The Giants played a pivotal role in an NFL milestone Sunday, one they surely neither knew nor cared about. And they have a chance to do so again this week.

On Dec. 4, 1921, the Chicago Staleys defeated the Buffalo All-Americans, 10-7, before 12,000 fans in Cubs Park (now Wrigley Field). It was the 19th victory in the two-year history of the franchise, which was founded two years before as the Decatur Staleys. The following year, the Staleys were re-named the Bears and the American Professional Football Association became the National Football League.

That 19th victory was the most in the league's brief history and the Bears kept their designation as the NFL's winningest franchise for almost 101 years – until Sunday, when they lost to the Giants and the Green Bay Packers defeated New England. Ancient rivals Chicago and Green Bay are now tied for the all-time regular-season victory lead at 785.

This week, Chicago plays in Minnesota, while the Packers will face the Giants in London. So, after contributing to the Bears losing their century-long solo stay atop the NFL's victory chart, the Giants can help return it to them by beating Green Bay.

*The Giants today placed cornerback Aaron Robinson on injured reserve. He must sit out a minimum of four games.

Robinson started at right cornerback Sunday against Chicago but played only 12 snaps (10 on defense) before suffering a knee injury early in the second quarter. He had missed the previous two games after undergoing an appendectomy on Sept. 14.

Robinson was the Giants' third-round draft choice in 2021. He spent the first seven weeks of his rookie season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list after undergoing core muscle surgery. Robinson returned to play in nine games with two starts and totaled 26 tackles (16 solo) and three passes defensed.

He earned the starting right cornerback job in spring drills and training camp.

View some of the best photos from the Giants' two previous trips to play in London.