With another big game this weekend against the Detroit Lions, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is a favorite to make the Pro Bowl. For those of you statisticians out there, allow me to offer up something you can appreciate.
Bradshaw's 2010 statistics:
- 110 carries (8th in NFL, 4th in NFC)
- 582 yards (2nd in NFL, 1st in NFC)
- 5.3 yards per carry (5th in NFL, 2nd in NFC)
- 97.0 yards per game (5th in NFL, 2nd in NFC)
- Three touchdowns (11th in NFL, 5th in NFC)
- 29 first-down runs (2nd in NFL, 1st in NFC
- Eight 20+ yard runs (1st in NFL and NFC)
- 22 10+ yard runs (1st in NFL and NFC)
The Giants have re-established their running game that made them so effective in their Super Bowl season and the year after when they went 12-4 and had the league's No. 1 rushing attack.
Most people doubted whether the Giants could have success with the run game because both Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs were coming off surgeries to correct injuries that plagued them last year.
One thing they've proved is that those injuries were the reason for the lackluster running game from 2009.
Bradshaw and Jacobs switched roles at the beginning of the preseason, making the headlines with all the media worrying that Bradshaw won't be able to handle the load of a full-time starter. What they didn't remember is that he doesn't have to.
While he may get 15-20 carries per game, that's still not the same as 25-30. With Jacobs seemingly finally accepting his role the past two weeks and running hard, the coaching staff feels comfortable giving him 10-12 carries, taking the load off of Bradshaw.
That freshness turned out to be a key factor in shutting down the Lions this weekend, as Bradshaw broke off a 45-yard run in the middle of the fourth quarter that set up the six-yard touchdown run by Jacobs—his second of the game—and put the Giants back up by 11.
The only snag with Bradshaw possibly making the Pro Bowl is the fact that Jacobs is taking away goal line carries, and the Pro Bowl voters—a.k.a. the fans—like guys that put up points. Case in point; Marion Barber making the Pro Bowl in 2007 when he didn't even have 1,000 yards, but he did have 12 total TDs.
So even though the season is still young, Bradshaw is an early favorite for the NFC Pro Bowl and he has the stats to prove it.