From the opening drive, running back Wayne Gallman gave this offense a spark it desperately needed.
He hit the holes hard, and picked up most of his numbers on inside runs. His quickness was complemented by NFC-East-resident Alfred Morris, who served as a nice change-of-pace back, and helped open the field up for Gallman’s speed.
Gallman led the team in carries and yards, and scampered up the gut for a touchdown in the second quarter to put the Giants up 14-3. The run game helped everything. It helped the Giants hold onto the ball a little longer, which gave their own defense a break while tiring out Tampa Bay’s strong defense. And it also helped Daniel Jones’ play fake; the play before Gallman’s touchdown was a pass set up in part by the play fake to Gallman.
Gallman had a good showing against a great defense. His legs were still fresh into the fourth quarter. If the Giants didn’t abandon the run toward the end of the game, his grade could have been higher.