Barkley is the most dangerous weapon on this team when he is healthy. The problem is that he hasn’t been all that healthy this season, missing four games earlier in the year. Even when on the field, Barkley hasn’t looked like the rookie phenom that he was in 2018 and has been a bit of a disappointment.
On the year, Barkley has 260 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns (stats courtesy of ESPN.com). For a player of his athletic ability and pedigree, those numbers are downright awful. Is this the game where he rebounds and starts to perform at a superstar level again? With the way that this Dolphins defense is playing, I don’t think it’s likely.
Over the last few weeks, Miami has done a respectable job against the run. After starting the season by letting just about anybody have a monster day on the ground, the Dolphins have not allowed a 100 yard rusher since week 5. To be fair, the competition hasn’t been legendary, but keeping Christian McCaffery of the Carolina Panthers to just 35 yards on the ground isn’t something to balk at. This unit is performing well and should keep that going against a Giant’s offensive line that has been bad this season.
Even though the odds are the Miami keeps this defensive output going into this matchup, Barkley is still a dangerous weapon and Miami’s front like of Christian Wilkins, Zach Sieler and Raekwon Davis will need to be on their A game in order to keep Barkley from regaining his form this Sunday.