Jacobs needs to punish Dallas

Updated: January 8, 2008, 5:10 PM ET
By Matt Williamson
It will be interesting to see how Giants head coach Tom Coughlin splits the carries between his running backs this week. Throughout the season, the Giants have had success running the ball with some combination of Brandon Jacobs, Reuben Droughns, Derrick Ward and most recently Ahmad Bradshaw. While all four backs have some impressive individual skills, New York's offensive line and peripheral blockers like FB Madison Hedgecock have had a lot to do with the Giants having the No. 4-ranked rushing attack (134.3 ypg) in the NFL.

Ahmad Bradshaw
Brandon Jacobs
Jacobs was largely ineffective last week against the Buccaneers, managing only managed 34 yards on 13 carries. However, the massive Jacobs obviously contributed to wearing down Tampa Bay's smaller defensive front on a warm and humid afternoon. Once Bradshaw was given his opportunity later in the game, the Bucs' defense was already winded. Bradshaw racked up 66 yards on his 17 carries to seal the victory. The longest run of the day for either back was just nine yards, but Bradshaw has shown earlier in the season that he brings a big-play element to this rushing attack.