Friday, December 16, 2011
Helu going for four straight vs. NYG
By Matt Ehalt
Another week, another tough test for the porous Giants rush defense.
The Giants will set out to stop one of the hottest running backs in the league this week in Washington's Roy Helu when the two teams meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Redskins rookie has rushed for at least 100 yards in his last three games and is going for four straight against the league's No. 22 rush defense.
"First of all we have to stop the run period, that's the biggest thing going into any game," safety Kenny Phillips said. "Make a team one-dimensional but (Helu) is a great runner and a powerful runner, had 100 yards in the last three games. We have a challenge but I think we're up for it."
Helu has been nothing short of fantastic in the last three weeks as the primary rusher in Washington's offense. He has rushed for 334 yards on 73 carries, along with 13 catches for 102 yards. He's coming off a season-high 27-carry, 126-yard performance in the team's loss to New England. He's averaged at least 4.3 yards per carry in all three games and also scored two touchdowns.
When the Giants faced Washington to open the season, they primarily faced Tim Hightower, who is now on the injured reserve. Helu had just one carry for two yards in that game while Hightower rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Things will surely be different this time around for Helu.
"He definitely a double threat. They like giving him the ball out of the backfield and he's a great run through hole kind of guy, a straight ahead runner, he likes to stay on track and he's rushed over 100 yards the last three games," safety Anrel Rolle said. "He is definitely a key asset to their offense."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin believes that Washington's ability to run the ball recently with Helu helps the Redskins offense in other ways.
"Nobody is going to stand there and run into the wall," Coughlin said. "If you're having the success that they're having, that provides the opportunities for the play-action and that type of thing."