New York Giants Running Backs Strong Behind Weak Offensive Line in Loss
There was nothing flashy about the Giants' losing effort against the home-team Bears Saturday night.
Giants starters on both sides of the ball have nothing to celebrate after poor performances in their second preseason game against Chicago losing, 17-3.
However, starting running back Brandon Jacobs had a few good runs behind another disappointing performance for the offensive line. Jacobs' numbers (seven rushes for 27 yards) didn't show his power Giants fans have come to expect as he fought for yards on every run and even plowed through feared Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher for a first down.
Despite Jacobs' efforts, the offensive line struggled even more than in Monday's win over the Carolina Panthers.
Both starting guards (Chris Snee and Rich Seubert) were out with injuries, but it was the starting tackles (David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie) who were the story as most of the pressure came because of their poor play, including a forced fumble by Alex Brown which was recovered by the Giants.
Because of the constant pressure the Giants were only able to pass for 170 yards in the game with Andre Woodson leading the team with 95 yards. Eli Manning finished the game seven for 10 with 62 yards, including a 25-yard pass to Steve Smith on a deep curl route to the left. And David Carr went two for six with eight yards passing.
While Woodson did lead the team, 55 yards came on a deep pass to Hakeem Nicks which was a bit under-thrown, and he was constantly overthrowing or throwing behind his intended targets.
The Giants starters on defense didn't perform much better giving up a field goal and two touchdowns on the Bears' first three drives of the game. The first touchdown was the easiest for Chicago as second-year running back Matt Forte burst through a huge hole in the middle for a 32-yard score on the fifth play of the drive.
When Jacobs was done, Ahmad Bradshaw once again showed his speed and elusiveness breaking off a 17-yard run to end the first half and a 23-yard run in the third quarter. He would finish the game as the Giants lead rusher going for 54 yards on six carries.
Third string running back Danny Ware also had a few good showings, returning the Giants first kickoff to the 38-yard line after hurdling a couple of Bears defenders. Later on in the second half showed he off his speed and quickness with a 16-yard run to the left end. Ware would finish the game with eight carries for 34 yards and four receptions for 30 yards.
The Giants continue their preseason next Saturday when they take on the Jets in Giants Stadium, and a more stable performance by the offensive line will be expected.
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