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Ahmad Bradshaw flexed his muscles last week and solidified himself as the Giants' goal line back, as this was the first sign of life we had seen from the Giants running attack this year. Hopefully, for Giants fans, this is a sign of things to come, but I see it as more of an aberration.
The Giants offensive line has struggled opening up holes for Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, resulting in New York running backs averaging a mere 3.3 yards per carry. Eli Manning, as much as he would like to think he's in the same class of quarterback as Tom Brady, is not an elite quarterback, and he needs a consistent running game to help him set up the pass. Eli has played very well this year despite a three-interception performance against the Seahawks, but one has to wonder how long he can keep it up with an inconsistent running game.
The Giants defense, despite being decimated by injuries, has forced 13 turnovers and leads the league in sacks at 21. New York has always been able to rush the passer, so this comes as no surprise, but what is surprising is the play of their secondary, which was a major concern after a few preseason injuries.
This defense looks like the real deal, and the pass rush has been downright scary since the return of Osi Umenyiora. Having said that, they have still struggled against the run, and I feel like their secondary, no matter how well they play, will be a question mark all season.
Despite leading the NFC East right now, I don't see the G-men holding the top spot much longer. They lack consistency on both sides of the football, and they aren't dominating in the trenches, as we saw with the New York teams of the past five years.
Prediction: 8-8. With a very tough stretch after a bye week and a terrible Miami team (at New England, at San Francisco, Philadelphia, @New Orleans, Green Bay, at Dallas), I see this team struggling and finishing at .500