While Eli Manning exploded for over 400 yards in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens, the offense was once again unable to get the run game going.
Rashad Jennings ran the ball nine times for 15 yards, while Bobby Rainey had six carries for 13 yards. The only Giants running back to find any running room was Paul Perkins, who carried the ball only twice for 10 yards.
"Runs were tough to find," Ben McAdoo told reporters after Sunday's win. "They were good against the run like a lot of teams are in this league. We have to find a way to run it better."
The Giants' struggles in the run game have been consistent throughout the season. As a team, the Giants have run the ball 127 times for a total of 456 yards this year, good for 27th best in the NFL. New York's 3.6 yards per carry is 25th in the league, while the team's 76.0 rushing yards per game is 30th.
In fact, through the first six games of the season, the Giants find themselves 24th in the NFL or worse in every rushing category besides for fumbles.
Jennings looked strong in the season opener against Dallas, rushing the ball 18 times for 75 yards (4.2 ypc). But in the two games he's appeared in since then (he missed three games due to a thumb injury), Jennings has 22 carries for only 42 yards (1.9 ypc), with his longest run going for seven yards.
Rainey has been a great asset catching the ball out of the backfield, with 16 receptions for 135 yards in four games. However he has not been nearly as effective running the ball, as he has gained 57 yards on 15 carries (3.8 ypc).
The one New York running back that has found success carrying the ball this season is Shane Vereen (31 carries for 147 yards, 4.7 ypc), who is currently on the IR with a torn triceps.
The only other running back to show any sort of spark is the rookie Perkins, who has six carries for 27 yards (4.5 ypc) to go with five catches for 101 yards. Perkins has looked quicker and more explosive than the team's veteran backs, but he still needs to improve on his pass protection before he sees a significant increase in playing time.
The final running back on the Giants roster is Orleans Darkwa, who actually ran the ball well during New York's losses to Washington and Minnesota. Darkwa carried the ball 10 times for 53 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins, and had 12 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings' tough defense. But after struggling against the Packers, gaining only 11 yards on seven carries, McAdoo decided to drop the third-year back to the bottom of the depth chart against Baltimore. Darkwa did not play a single snap during Sunday's win, and has 111 rushing yards on 30 carries (3.7 ypc) in four games this year.
McAdoo insists he wants a more balanced offense, even though New York ran the ball only 17 times on Sunday compared to 46 passes. But with no accomplished run-blocking tight ends on the roster, along with no fullback, the Giants running woes are likely to continue. Whether New York adds a proven blocker to the roster, starts using an extra offensive linemen, such as Will Beatty, as a sixth blocker, or goes through some other personnel change, the Giants will need to do something different to get the run game going.