This isn’t a Super Bowl that features elite running backs.
That’s nothing new, though.
There really hasn’t been an elite RB in the Super Bowl since Marshall Faulk.
There isn’t a running back with at 700 rushing yards this season in Super Bowl XLVI. While they didn’t pile up a ton of yards, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have 27 touchdowns between them.
To me the top running back in this game is Ahmad Bradshaw.
The Giants are a different team when he’s playing his game. He had 126 total yards in the NFC Championship as the G-Men knocked off the Niners. While he didn’t reach double-digit rushing TDs this year, he did finish with 11 total in just 12 games. He has the ability to get yards both running the ball and catching it out of the backfield.
I’ll go with BenJarvus Green-Ellis at number two.
But, despite 28 carries in the past two games and never having lost a fumble, you never know what Bill Belichick will do. Stevan Ridley could easily get more work. The Firm will likely get the ball at the stripe, so that gives him the edge over the remaining backs.
At number three I like Brandon Jacobs.
He is definitely going to get his touches, and he will likely get a shot or more at the goal line. If the Giants do get a lead, his power running could help grind it out.
At four I like Stevan Ridley.
Fumbling issues cost him the chance to play during the AFC Championship, but Belichick could want him in the big game. He’ll obviously have to hold onto the ball, though.
At five, I’ll rank Danny Woodhead. He could see a few carries, as well as some passes out of the backfield. If Gronk isn’t at 100 percent, the Patriots may have to use different looks.
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