Brandon Jacobs indicated he feels fine after taking a full practice Monday. You'll remember that the running back came out of the game in the third quarter after taking a shot on the knee, and did not return. But he said that was more the medical staff's decision than his.
We've been saying this forever on this blog, but the Giants could use a major dose of Jacobs in this one. For one thing, that mile-high altitude could created problems for the sprinting wide receivers if Eli Manning continues to crank up the overall tempo, which he certainly should.
Also, a Denver defense that started the season as one of the most dominant units agains the run has crashed and burned. The Broncos have let up an average of 168.8 rushing yards over their last four games after keeping teams to double figures rushing in the first six. San Diego hung up 203 yards against them Sunday.
Not coincidentally, they've lost the last four.
This might be the ideal time to get Jacobs his 20 carries. He might have come close against Atlanta had he not been injured, a hazard Jacobs has become oh, so familiar with in his career. The coaches tried to avoid by not overusing him in the early season, but Jacobs' upright style, especially when running wide, leaves him open to upper leg pops like the one he took Sunday.
"We still could be playing a little bit better," Jacobs said. "Throughout our six wins, we still haven’t played as good of football as we can play. We can be a tad bit better, and we are going to have to be going in against a good Denver team who started off the season at a solid 6-0. They beat some really good teams. A short week, we’ve got to go and be focused and do our preparation and do everything right."
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