The Giants ineffectiveness to run the ball has severely hampered their ability to dictate tempo in games and it has to change.
Brandon Jacobs’ injury has only heightened the shortcomings of the running game. His status for Sunday is very much in doubt.
So, once again, Ahmad Bradshaw will likely shoulder the load.
Bradshaw has had a rough season thus far, only rushing for 286 yards on 72 carries and has yet to rush for 100-yards in a game.
However, Bradshaw has confidence that the run game will get going and is not worried that he has to carry the load.
“I don’t mind (carrying the load),” said Bradshaw. “Whatever they give me I am ready for. Hopefully we can get a lot of plays running the ball this week and protecting the pass.”
While the Giants have had trouble running the ball (placing only 28th in the league with 83.8 rushing yards a game) they will have the comfort in knowing the Buffalo Bills are pretty bad at defending the run. The Bills rank 29th in the league in rushing yards allowed (138.4).
So if there is any game to reinvigorate the running game, this would be it.
Bradshaw invites the chance to jump-start the running game on Sunday.
“We are going to come out and try our best,” Bradshaw said. “Up front, we have to handle them and we have to hit the holes hard. I believe in my line and I figure that they get better every week. Hopefully this week they are 10 times better.”
Bradshaw got little to no help from DJ Ware last week (four carries for three yards). However, either Ware or rookie Da’Rel Scott will have to contribute to take some pressure off Bradshaw..
Scott has yet to see game action this year (amidst Giants’ fans calling for his name), but Tom Coughlin thinks he’s close to making an impact.
“We like him,” Coughlin admitted. “He can do whatever (we ask). He catches the ball from the receiver position. He goes out and will play in the slot. He will play on special teams. He obviously has speed from the backfield and has pretty good size.”
But will he play on Sunday if Jacobs is out as expected?
“It is the idea to get him some plays,” Coughlin said. “We had a play for him last week which obviously did not materialize. We do have a few things that we would take a look at him in that spot.”
With the Giants coming off a bad loss, Sunday’s game vs. Buffalo is looming large. For the Giants to be successful they will need some offensive balance and running the ball will go a long way in establishing the tempo. Considering how explosive the Bills’ offense has been, the Giants would be prudent in running the ball as much as possible to keep the Bills' offense off the field.
All quotes courtesy of Giants Communications Department
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