Almost everything that could have gone wrong for the Giants on Sunday went wrong, except for a player who was all wrong when he last stepped into Soldier Field.
Returning to the place where he tore the ACL in the 2nd week of last season, Saquon Barkely was more like his old condition and combined his first 100-yard rushing game after a terrible injury in which he lost 29-3 to the Bears. .
“Coming here to play 100 yards and come to the injured area and my activity went back a bit, which I feel very good about,” Barkley said after running 102 yards in 21 yards. .
“Personally, I feel like a monkey has fallen behind me to get to where everything seems to have fallen down. To continue the running game, especially with the help of the offensive line, which did a great job today, I am grateful to those guys for continuing to trust me. [even though] Things have not been so great this year. ”
The only bright spot on a dark day for offense, Barkley recorded his first 100-yard rushing game since Dec. 22, 2019. Prior to Sunday, he ran an average of 41.9 yards per game – one of which came out early due to an ankle injury. – This season he is almost unlike a player who suffered a major injury.
During the week, Barkley underestimated his return to Soldier Field. But he also declined questions on Sunday about whether he could miss the last two games of the season to make sure his body is healthy next season.
“I’m not saying it’s a dumb question, but for me personally, it’s like insulting me,” Barkley said. “After all, I know it’s a league, but I still love this game. So it’s absurd for me to sit outside and try to compete for my brothers. ”
Barkley’s strong production coincided with the day the bears also knew what would happen. It quickly became clear that the Giants ’game plan was to run the ball in almost every shot, with reserve defender Mike Glennon threatening full passes. Barkley even posed for a few direct photos with Glennon.
“I thought Saquon did a good job,” coach Joe Judj said. “Several times he was caught in the back field with some blows or pressure, he slipped out at certain times and was able to do something out of nowhere. He came on and played today as a really good team player and fought to the end. ”