Two Sundays ago, Isaac Redman gashed the Giants for 147 yards on the ground. ?There was nothing fancy about that attack. ?The Giants were simply bulldozed. ?Almost all of Redman?s runs were inside the tackles. ?This past Sunday, the Bengals weren?t anywhere near as successful as the Steelers, as they gained just 76 yards on 28 carries, but something jumped out on tape. ?Offensive linemen are moving Linval Joseph pretty easily.
Double-teams in the NFL are often misunderstood. ?Sometimes the perception is that if a player is being double blocked, the offense fears that defender. ?That?s true in the passing game, but only occasionally in the run game. ?Teams will often double a player if they think they can move him off the ball. ?They?ll double, then once the defender has been cleared out, one of the offensive linemen will peel off and go after a linebacker or safety. ?The better run stuffing interior defensive linemen in the NFL are able to anchor against double teams. ?A stalemate is a win.