1. Saquon Barkley is back and healthy
The Giants' offense is built around a couple of things, but one of the most significant pieces to the puzzle is two-time Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley. Saquon has been a crucial member of this franchise since 2018, and when healthy, he shows exactly why he deserves the hype around him; however, through his tenure as a Giant, his ability to stay healthy has hurt him and the team's chances of succeeding. The team is better with Barkley on the field, and they showed that on Sunday night against the Bills.
The sixth-year running back missed three games due to a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 2 against the Cardinals. On Sunday, the Giants managed to drive down the field, which had been an issue for Danny Dimes and this offense over the last few weeks, and a big reason why was Saquon. The veteran rushed for 93 yards on 24 attempts, which was crucial in the second half to keep it a close game down the stretch. Although he got off to a slow start, only rushing for 14 yards on his first 14 carries, his boost was needed even without DJ in the lineup.
While Barkley missed time recovering from the ankle injury, the Giants were 23rd in rushing at 92.2 yards per game, most of which came from quarterback Jones. As Barkley gets back into his routine, his presence will continue to be made on the offense. It will be interesting to know the Giants' plans with the veteran running back, but in the meantime, they will look for him to stand out in these next few must-win games.