Very little of Barkley in this one. He carried twice for 9 yards on New York’s 1st possession. When the Giants’ offense returned to the field, Barkley ran a slant pattern, reached up for a high, off-target pass, came down and collided with a defender and didn’t return to the field because of a left ankle injury. The game devolved into an attempt in vain to pass to try to catch up with the Cowboys. Barkley’s absence probably didn’t change the trajectory of the game; he hasn’t gained more than 57 rushing yards this season
Barkley’s injury wasn’t as serious as the Giants 1st thought. X rays were negative, but he’s already being listed as out for Sunday’s game against the Rams. In New York’s only win, in Week 4, he totaled 126 yards and scored 2 TDs.
Barkley backed up an impressive breakout Week 3 performance with better output in a thrilling comeback OT win in New Orleans.
He finished the game with 126 scrimmage yards and 2 TDs on 18 touches—including a 54-yard receiving TD and the game-winning rush in extra time. Barkley tied for 3rd on the team with 5 receptions on 6 targets.
Barkley has been building momentum as the season wears on, and this was a glimpse of what he looked like before tearing his ACL last year. A healthy Barkley most definitely opens the playbook up for the Giants and could make other players more viable.
He will get a true test this weekend against a stout Dallas D that has yet to allow a score to an opposing RB.
Barkley put up 94 yards from scrimmage and a score on 22 touches (6 receptions) in the Week 3 loss to Atlanta. He rushed the ball 16 times with one of them floating over the goal line for a 4th-quarter score, his first TD since 2019. Barkley also led the team in receptions as he was used more frequently with numerous injuries to the other pass catchers. Finally, we are seeing Barkley making some things happen, but it was always the expectation against a beatable Falcons defense. He will have all he can handle against a stingy defense in New Orleans that has been really tough on the ground. Slot him in as a low-end RB1 this week as his usage continues to climb.
Barkley had better outing this time around than Week 1, finishing with 57 yards rushing and 12 more through the air. 41 of those yards came on one play where Barkley broke out and hustled for a big gain. It was promising to see him with some acceleration when given a lane to burst through. Aside from QB Daniel Jones, the running game had a hard time getting traction going up against the stout front-4 of Washington. The terrible O-Line for the Giants took another hit as lineman Nick Gates went down with a gruesome injury that will require a lengthy recovery. It’s bad enough Barkley cannot find the holes as is; now this will continue to be a blow for Barkley owners. At least a matchup against the Falcons in Week 3 has the potential to be a true breakout.
Yay! He’s back. But temper your excitement because the struggling numbers before he got injured last year crept up and continued in the disappointing Week 1 loss at home against Denver. Barkley managed 26 yards on 10 carries — and added a 1-yard reception — as he found tough sledding behind a lackluster O-line performance. The takeaway from all of this is that he looked good and came away feeling healthy.
Let’s also give credit to the Denver front 7 that was lights out and played a great game. The Giants O-line was clearly overmatched as the Broncos filled the gaps and kept the pressure all game long. It doesn’t get much better for Barkley and gang as they have a short week with a trip to the nation’s capital to take on Washington Thursday night. Certainly a risky start, although Washington gave up 91 yards and a TD to the Chargers backfield.