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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Will the Giants be able to run Sunday?

By Dan Graziano

The New York Giants like to run the ball. They believe it's an important part of what they do and who they are. And while they're not sneezing at their 3-1 record, they aren't real impressed with their average of 87.5 rush yards per game and 3.3 per carry average. I know this because Ohm Youngmisuk asked them about it, and I read everything Ohm writes:
Chris Snee, the Giants' best offensive lineman, sounds as though he's had enough.

"We just have to get it going, period," Snee said. "I'm tired of seeing 80 yards a game average and three yards a carry. So it's got to be fixed."

Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs are averaging a combined 86 yards rushing per game this year. While the two running backs have a total of four rushing touchdowns, the Giants need more out of their running game.

The question is whether they'll be able to get it Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. In his weekly Wednesday news conference, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of Seattle, "They give up literally no yards against the run," which is of course hyperbole since the Seahawks allow 105 rush yards per game and 3.3 per carry. But Coughlin's point is that Seattle is a tough team against which to run and that the Giants have their work cut out for them.

Mike Sando, over on the NFC West blog, explains what's different about Seattle's run defense now compared to the unit that New York played last season, when the Giants were able to rack up 197 rush yards on 47 carries. At that time, they were without key run-stoppers Red Bryant, Chris Cole and Brandon Mebane. Seattle is at full strength on defense now, and as Coughlin points out, they like to use safety Earl Thomas to support the run. There's no doubt the Giants will try to get the ground game going Sunday. The question is whether they'll succeed.