B.J. Raji: Giants' line not the toughest

Updated: January 13, 2012, 2:13 AM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- B.J. Raji sees Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw as a physical running back duo.

But the New York Giants' offensive line doesn't intimidate Raji.

"I mean, I played them once this year and once last year," the Green Bay Packers' Pro Bowl nose tackle told reporters, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. "I can only judge by my vantage point up front. ... Their backs are pretty physical, but not the toughest O-line."

"Not saying they're soft, but not the toughest group I've been against," he added.

The Giants finished 32nd in the NFL in rushing offense this season, but their running game has come to life in the last month. Starting with their 38-35 loss to Green Bay on Dec. 4, the Giants have rushed for a total of 100 yards or more in five of their last six games.

They gained a season-high 172 yards on the ground against Atlanta in a 24-2 wild-card win last Sunday. Jacobs rushed for 92 yards and Bradshaw added 63 against the Falcons' defense.

"The backs are pretty tough," Raji said. "Ahmad is always tough. When Brandon is running like Brandon, he's very tough to tackle."

During their loss to the Packers in December, Jacobs rushed for 59 yards and one touchdown on just eight carries. Bradshaw gained 38 yards on 11 carries. The Giants started Kevin Boothe at center and Mitch Petrus at left guard during that game.

This time, the Packers will see a different offensive line, one that is starting to jell with a healthy David Baas at center and Boothe at left guard, to go with left tackle David Diehl, right guard Chris Snee and right tackle Kareem McKenzie.

The Giants have talked all week about being more physical this week than the Packers.

"We didn't start out doing very well with the run but we stuck with it," Coughlin said. "Try to win the physical battle."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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