“What would be better than the opportunity that he’s going to get now?,” Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said earlier this week. “He’s been clamoring for a chance. The chance is here. This is an opportunity. You want to show what you can do.”
Jacobs hasn’t shown the Giants much this season. He’s averaging just 3.0 yards on eight carries. The 6-4, 264-pound back came up especially small against Miami last Sunday, finishing with 10 yards on four carries days after complaining about his role.
He also fumbled and dropped a pass in the first quarter and was booed lustily by the home crowd.
Two days later, the veteran vowed to be a “changed” back against New England. He also insisted the boos didn't bother him.
“I’m playing for my teammates, my brothers,” Jacobs said on Tuesday. “That’s who I care about. I don’t care about anybody else to be honest with you. I don’t care if [fans] cheer for me another day. They could boo me every day. But they should boo when I’m about to score these touchdowns.”
Brash words from a back whose scored just two touchdowns in five games.
Unfortunately for Jacobs, if recent history is any indication the Giants are more likely to have success through the air than on the ground Sunday.
New England’s run defense has allowed 4.3 yards per carry this season -- the 18th best total in the league. That's nothing to write home about, but it seems Hall-of-Fame caliber when compared to the the Pats' pass defense.
Bill Belichick’s crew is giving up an average of 323 yards per game in the air with quarterbacks completing two-thirds of their attempts.
Still, Jacobs should have ample opportunity to make an impact on Sunday and remind people of the north-south runner who recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2007 and 2008.
“I just want to go out and help the team as much as I can,” Jacobs said. “I just want to go out and perform to the best of my ability and when the opportunity is presented, take advantage of it.”