The New York Giants enter this Sunday’s game against the Redskins in a fairly unusual position. They’re ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards per game (85.8) and last in rushing yards per attempt (3.3).
“That’s deceiving,” said linebacker Brian Orakpo.
The Redskins know better than most teams just how good a rushing team the Giants can be. Since 2007, Brandon Jacobs has three 100-yard games against Washington. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 97 yards in a game last December. Combined, the two running backs have 10 career touchdowns against the Redskins.
“I don’t think for a second they’re not going to run the ball,” said defensive end Stephen Bowen. “I think they’re going to get back to what they do. We just have to be prepared for it.”
This season, both New York running backs have battled injuries. Bradshaw enters Sunday’s game with 490 yards on 130 carries and Jacobs has 480 yards, also on 130 carries.
Bradshaw has missed four games this season and has started just once since Oct. 30. Jacobs missed two games and hasn’t started since Nov. 28. The Giants started D.J. Ware last Sunday at Dallas.
The Redskins beat the Giants in the season opener. Orakpo says the Redskins have the blueprint now and don’t expect a completely different New York team.
“We’re going to treat this as the same ol’ Giants,” he said. “They run first and pass second. So that’s how we’ll come into this week.