That's exactly what the Giants were able to do as they started the month of December by beating the Washington Redskins 31-7, a win that was aided by the combined 33 runs for 200 yards and four touchdowns by Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.
What was particularly impressive about the running game's performance Sunday was that they were able to find success despite Washington's attempt to load the box up with eight and nine men.
Instead, the Giants found ways to open up holes for Jacobs and Bradshaw to exploit. Jacobs recorded his first 100-yard rushing performance since November 2008 while Bradshaw broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
"(Jacobs) played powerful, he broke some tackles, (and) he established really a sound foundation for us as far as rushing the ball," said head coach Tom Coughlin.
"The last touchdown run of his was very good," he added. "They had at least nine guys down and we got an outstanding block at the point of attack with the safety penetrating from (fullback) Bear Pascoe and then Brandon made one guy miss and then I think someone hit his legs and he still stayed up."
Bradshaw, whose 97 yards also included scores of four and 10 yards, seemed almost in disbelief when told that he had passed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his young NFL career.
"To have 1,000 yards in the NFL is a big dream," he said.
Bradshaw, who had been disappointed with the decision to remove him as the starter after he posted one fumble too many, has been slowly coming to terms with the coaches' decision. He said he now realizes and appreciates the value of the 1-2 punch the Giants' coaches have designed with Jacobs starting ahead of him.
"With our styles, it goes both ways and they kind of complement each other," he said. "(Jacobs) did a great job (Sunday) to open it up, and when I got in there, I just ran it in hard."
Well, almost every time.
"Last week (against Jacksonville) she wasn't there," Thomas said after the Giants defeated Washington 31-7. "But she's been there for three of my games this year and I've had an interception in each."
He then smiled and added, "She's out here every week from now on."
Thomas, who at the start of the season said he aspired to become the Giants' No. 1 cornerback, capped his day against Washington with five tackles (all solo), one quarterback hit, one pass breakup, and a forced fumble.
Cofield explained that he was only recently added to the field-goal unit and that he is still getting used to having to be on standby.
"I was over there on the sidelines talking defense with a couple of my fellow d-linemen," he said. "Once you hear someone screaming your name and you realize that you've done something wrong, you just try to get on the field as fast as possible."
Cofield was in such a hurry to get out onto the field that he didn't realize that he was still wearing his ski cap until it was too late.
He said, "I'm just glad that I made that mistake in a game that we were in control of, and not in a game that would have cost us."
Moving forward, Cofield promised to be ready, saying, "Obviously that's something I'm not going to let happen again."