CINCINNATI, OH (December 8, 2010)– Despite playing with a jumbled offensive line, the New York Giants front five proved dominant Sunday with a combination of outstanding run blocking and solid pass protection while recording an impressive 31-7 victory over the Washington Redskins in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the victory, the Giants remained in a first-place tie with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. New York now joins the list of this year’s contenders for the 2nd annual Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC. The award honors the NFL’s best offensive line and will be presented during the week of Super Bowl XLV which will be played on February 6, 2011 in North Texas.
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Due to a number of injuries, New York was forced to play Sunday’s game with a makeshift offensive line. However the Giants front five did not miss a beat with powerful run blocking and reliable pass protection. New York’s offensive line has now played five consecutive games without allowing a sack (the last sack recorded against the Giants came on October 25 at Dallas). Starting Sunday’s game on the line for the Giants were tackles WILLIAM BEATTY (Connecticut) and KAREEM McKENZIE (Penn State); guards KEVIN BOOTHE (Cornell) and CHRIS SNEE (Boston College). Ten-year veteran RICH SEUBERT(Western Illinois) handled the center position. Tackle JAMON MEREDITH(South Carolina) and rookie MITCH PETRUS (Arkansas) also saw action on Sunday. New York did not dress guard SHAWN ANDREWS (Arkansas), tackle DAVE DIEHL (Illinois) or center SHAUN O’HARA (Rutgers).
“Despite all the injuries, the Giants offensive line continues to get stronger as the year goes on,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach JOHN MADDEN. “New York has benefitted from the quality depth on their offensive line. No matter who is playing, these guys have provided both the blocking needed for the tandem of Bradshaw and Jacobs to run effectively, while also protecting Eli Manning and giving him the time to pick apart the opposing secondary. In order to be a successful team in the NFL, you have to have quality depth. The Giants offensive line is proving that this season.”
The Giants backfield tandem of AHMAD BRADSHAW(Marshall) and BRANDON JACOBS (Southern Illinois) wore down the Washington defense with a punishing ground attack that included a combined 200 yards and four rushing touchdowns. Jacobs led the Giants with 103 yards on just eight carries and set the tone for the game early with a 39-yard run on the game’s second play. New York scored on each of their first two possessions, with both Bradshaw and Jacobs scoring on short runs. Quarterback ELI MANNING (Mississippi) was 15-for-25 for 161 yards.
New York’s offensive line has allowed a league low 12 sacks all season. Overall, the Giants offense ranks 4thin the league in average yards per game (384.6); 5th in average points per contest (25.7) and 6th in average rushing yards per contest (142.9).
Other offensive lines from around the league delivering powerful protection during Week 13 of the season included theNEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (304 passing yards and 405 total yards); MINNESOTA VIKINGS (387 total yards including 210 yards on the ground); and PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (301 passing yards and 115 rushing yards).
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