Tiki's terrific

Tiki Barber continues piling up gaudy numbers. <BR><BR>

Barber's 172 total yards (70 rushing, 102 receiving) in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Detroit Lions raised his season total to 989 yards. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the third-highest total through six games in NFL history. Barber trails only Jim Brown (1,153 yards in 1963) and Marshall Faulk (1,083 yards in 2000).

Barber is averaging 164.8 yards a game, which puts him slightly ahead of the league-record pace of 163.4 yards per game set by Kansas City's Priest Holmes in 2002.

Barber has a 197-yard lead over Holmes and a 200-yard lead on the Jets' Curtis Martin, who are second and third in the NFL in total yards. He has a way to go before he widens his lead to record proportions. The largest differential in scrimmage yards between the top two players in any season was 641 yards between O.J. Simpson and Calvin Hill in 1973.

Barber is second in the NFC with 647 rushing yards, two behind Green Bay's Ahman Green who has played one more game than Barber. On Sunday, Barber joined Rodney Hampton as the only players in Giants history to rush for 6,000 yards (he has 6,056). Barber, who also has 448 career receptions, is one of just five active players with more than 6,000 rushing yards and 400 catches:

Name Rushing Yards Receptions

Emmitt Smith 17,877 507

Curtis Martin 12,352 443

Marshall Faulk 11,678 701

Charlie Garner 7,097 419

Tiki Barber 6,056 448

Barber has five plays of more than 50 yards this season, three runs and two receptions. The Elias Sports Bureau cannot verify who the last Giant was with so many long plays in one season. Last year, the NFL leaders in plays of 50-plus yards from scrimmage were LaDainian Tomlinson (7) and Clinton Portis (6). They did it in 16 games. Barber has played six games.

Barber is second in the NFC with 40 first downs (31 rushing, nine receiving), two behind Green.


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