Nearly four years later, Ahmad Bradshaw still remembers his breakout game.
On Dec. 23, 2007, the rookie running back rushed for 151 yards on 17 carries and scored an 88-yard touchdown in New York’s 38-21 blowout victory over Buffalo.
“It put me on the map,” Bradshaw said. “I had a nice power play and took it 88 yards, which I’ll always remember it just because it put me into this offense and gave the coaches a lot of confidence in me.”
Right now, however, no one seems too confident in the Giants’ running game, which ranks 28th in yards per game (83.8) heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Bills.
“We gotta get on the same page in the backfield and up front,” said Bradshaw, who is averaging a very modest 4.0 yards per carry this season.
Through the first five weeks, the 25-year-old veteran’s single-game season-high is 86 yards.
“We’re gonna come out and try to do our best,” Bradhsaw said. “Up front, we have to handle them and we have to hit holes hard. I believe in my line and I figure they get better every week and hopefully this week they are 10 times better.”
Bradshaw says he can usually tell how effective the running game is by the middle of any game.
So far? Not good.
With Brandon Jacobs out, Bradshaw got a season-high 17 carries last Sunday against Seattle, but amassed just 58 yards.
“It happens that way,” Bradshaw said. “Maybe I over-read and cut back to early.”
Bradshaw says he doesn’t mind carrying the load -- especially since Jacobs may not play for a second straight week -- but he’s got to be better.
“Whatever they give me I am ready for,” Bradshaw said. “Hopefully we can get a lot of plays running the ball this week and protecting the pass. Hopefully I will be in there.”
Chances are, he will be, with another opportunity to turn things around.