Jacobs Named NFC's Best

Three cheers for Brandon Jacobs. After barely playing during the season's first month, Jacobs responded by capturing honors as the NFC's best offensive player for October.

The NFL has selected Jacobs as the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month. The Giants posted an NFC-best 4-0 record in October, scoring an NFC-high 112 points and leading the NFL with 705 rushing yards. Jacobs – and the offensive line that opens the holes for him – were key components to that success.

Jacobs led the league with 424 rushing yards during the month. He set career-highs three times with the first three 100-yard games of his career. Jacobs averaged 5.7 yards on his 74 carries, caught six passes for 24 yards and scored two touchdowns in October.

He accomplished all this after recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of the season's first month. On opening night in Dallas, Jacobs – who became the Giants' feature back after Tiki Barber's retirement – carried just six times before spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. That forced him to miss games against Green Bay, Washington and Philadelphia.

But Jacobs made up for lost time in October. The 265-pound back began the month by rushing for 100 yards against the Jets. The following week, he ran for 86 yards in a Monday night victory in Atlanta. The Giants returned home against San Francisco on Oct. 21 and Jacobs responded by rushing for 107 yards on 18 carries, including a five-yard touchdown.

Last week, on a sloppy field in London's Wembley Stadium, Jacobs churned his way to another milestone effort with 131 yards on 23 carries, both career bests. Jacobs became the first Giants back other than Tiki Barber to have consecutive 100-yard games since Gary Brown put together four in a row from Dec. 6-27, 1998.

"It truly is an honor to be recognized among all the great offensive players that are in the NFC," Jacobs said. "Whenever a running back is recognized with something like this all the credit should really go to the offensive line - especially our offensive line, because those guys work so hard and do such a great job of opening holes for us upfront. They've been opening holes for us all season, everyone can see that just by the fact that when I was hurt early in the season Derrick (Ward) got in there and was very successful.

"I feel like I really haven't done that much, I've broken a couple tackles here and there, but as an running back our success is achieved when the offensive line plays well and they have done a great job so far this season."

Despite missing those three early games, Jacobs is now 19th in the NFL in rushing, with 450 yards on 80 carries. He has the fewest rushing attempts among the league's top 24 ground gainers.

Jacobs, who spent his first two years as Barber's backup, entered the season with 134 yards on 31 carries.

Jacobs is the third Giants running back to win a Player of the Month award. Barber was honored three times (Nov. 2002, Dec. 2005 and Oct. 2006), as was David Meggett (Sept. 1994).

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