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Giants' Ground Delivery Presents Problem

Stopping the Giants' running game is going to be one of the obvious plots to Sunday's game. I fully expect Greg Blache to dedicate numbers in the box, especially with so many linemen and linebackers beat up, and I also get the sense that LaRon Landry will be around the line much more often. He's a strong run fit and is big enough to handle the trio of Giants backs. Shawn Springs probably will end up playing more free safety.

Blache has kicked himself at times this season for being too slow to adjust and get eight men in the box - the most recent Dallas game, with power runner Marion Barber, comes to mind - and I don't see him giving New York many chances to outnumber his guys in the run game. On what may be a rainy day, he'll make Eli Manning beat him, I figure, particularly with Plaxico Burress gimpy.

The Redskins know they must make a lot of adjustments from last week, when Seattle gashed them on the perimeter, running right at the ends. If Jason Taylor ends up playing more right end with Andre Carter injured, I would imagine he would be the primary target in the run game, as he was when these teams played in the season opener.

Last week too often linemen were caught slightly out of position, lost their gap assignment and were caught lunging and leaping.

"We just need to fit better, especially for myself," said end Demetric Evans, coming off his worst game of the season. "We need to play with a good pad level, and if we're supposed to be in 'A' gap, then be in the 'A' gap. That's the key to an assignment defense, and when we don't do our assignment we get losses."

New York's offensive line is much more dominant - it's probably the best in the NFL for its combo of brawn and athleticism - and will present problems. Brandon Jacobs will be back for this game, the Redskins are banking on it, and at 6-foot-4, 264 pounds, he is a beast of a runner.

"Their running back is so big, and with the offensive line passing off blocks so well and coming downhill, it makes it even harder," defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery said. "The offensive line can block for two yards, and Barber is so big he gets some extra yards, too."

Jacobs leads all NFL starters with an average of 5.4 carries per game, and he has a carry of at least 20 yards in seven of his 10 games this season. He gets all the attention for his brutish ways, but the guy can also bust it to the secondary big time if you lose containments. The Ravens failed to occupy the backside on Jacobs's first carry two weeks ago - Jacobs nicked up his knee on that play - and he took it for 36 yards, pulling away from most of the defense in the process.

"He's got all of the tools," Blache said. "He's got the size, he's got the weight, he's got good vision, and he does have breakaway speed. If you let him get in the secondary he can take it the distance. I think that's something that he's underestimated on.

"People just talk about the size and brutality, which is unique. He's as big as most of our guys ... He's as big or bigger than our ends and our linebackers, and he's a huge man and he creates a lot of problems for you in a lot of aspects."

The Redskins will try some of the tactics that made them successful against another powerful back, Barber, in the past. They will try to knock Jacobs around early, and chip at his legs. You can't attack him high; you have to hunt his legs. Easier said than done, of course.

And, the Giants also have two other backs averaging five yards or better per carry as well, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw.

"We want to take a similar approach as with Barber," tackle Lorenzo Alexander said, "but they can switch it up. They've got different types of runners. Jacobs is going to run downhill, but they got [Ward], and he's going to bounce it outside. They can switch it up. They change it up and set you up in different ways, whereas Dallas, they want to hit you in the mouth all the time. The Giants hit you in the mouth, and then they also bounce and cut on the outside, and it's very hard to play. They are very versatile and very hard to play."

The Giants have an outside shot of making history. Jacobs (879 yards) and Ward (600) yards could become the first teammates to each rush for 1,000 yards in the same season since the 1985 Cleveland Browns (Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack). Ward would have to reel off 400 yards in the final five games to get there, but should the Giants clinch the NFC East early, they may rest Jacobs's knee down the stretch.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2008; 7:47 AM ET
 
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Comments

I agree with the adjustment comments but find the comment about Landry being big enough to handle the Giants running backs funny since Jacobs ran over him like a steamroller in the first game.

Posted by: hootss | November 28, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Landry did get run over. BUT. It was from the deep safety position where Jacobs had the chance to pick up speed like the freight train that he is. If Laron is playing SS up near the line this game, which I think he should, it will be a different story. If the defense penetrates the backfield, Jacobs goes down easy. The trick is to keep him from picking up steam. With the corners the Skins have, I would expect them to play 8 in the box 1st and 2nd down. If the Skins want to win, they have to stuff the box and blitz on 3rd and long, leave the corners (the strenght of the D) on an island. Its the only chance they have of making big plays on defense. I dont see their offense doing much. How many yards did CP have in week 1? Probably nothing impressive. Campbell needs to have time for at least a few passes downfield.

Posted by: TonyButterFingersHomo1 | November 28, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Good overall approach to try to stop Giants. However every time Burress has been out the Giants passing game has been better with
Hixon, Toomer, Smith and Boss carrying the load.

Redskins better hope for turnovers or big special team play. Either that or Campbell turning into Montana for this game.


Posted by: lub1954 | November 28, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the adjustment comments but find the comment about Landry being big enough to handle the Giants running backs funny since Jacobs ran over him like a steamroller in the first game.

Posted by: hootss | November 28, 2008 8:07 AM

That play had nothing to do with Landry's size...if he was the same size as Shaquille O'Neal he would've been trucked because he took the wrong angle. I promise that doesn't happen again on Sunday.

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 28, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

he took the wrong angle. I promise that doesn't happen again on Sunday.

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 28, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Head on is DEFINITELY the wrong angle with Jacobs 20 yards past the line of scrimmage. A DT would go sideways in that situation. I agree, it doesnt happen again on sunday, because Landry probably learned he cant take 265 head on.

Posted by: TonyButterFingersHomo1 | November 28, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Barber leads all NFL starters with an average of 5.4 carries per game

Probably should read, "Jacobs leads all NFL Starters with an average of 5.4 yards per carry".

But other than that, the sentence contains no typos!

Posted by: daggar | November 28, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Turnovers will be key. The skins dropped at least 3 interceptions in the first game.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 28, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Turnovers will be key. The skins dropped at least 3 interceptions in the first game.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 28, 2008 8:40 AM

That's why we got DeAngelo. He'll hold to the passes that Carlos "Salad Tong Hands" Rogers drops.

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 28, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Happy leftovers day, people!
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | November 28, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse


That play had nothing to do with Landry's size...if he was the same size as Shaquille O'Neal he would've been trucked because he took the wrong angle. I promise that doesn't happen again on Sunday.

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 28, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Have to disagree with you here. Jacobs has 50 lbs and 2 inches on Landry.

Yes, he took the wrong angle, yes he tried to take Jacobs on after BJ had a full steam. However, I guess my point is more along the lines that I wouldn't be leading off my blog by saying Laron is big enough to take on Jacobs. He isn't big enough...he has to be smart enough.

Posted by: hootss | November 28, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Why not put sellers in the box on First and second down and let him flatten Jacobs, Jacobs would not run over him so easily

Posted by: skinztattoo89 | November 28, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

oops...thanks, daggar...distracted by a blackberry that isn't recharging. this is not a good situation at all.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 28, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

The reason the Gmen's passing game is more efficient w/out Plastico is b/c the single cover everyone and load the box to stop the run,.... so expect LBM to throw the ball 30 times on Sunday... We can force 2 INT's against him,... Ward & Bradshaw scare me b/c they can dance outside if we have 8/9 in Box... THIS ISN'T a MUST win, but it leaves us with all MUST wins thereafter if we lose this game...

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | November 28, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Just have Jasno begin his posts with "This is Jasno LaToucanfora with another installment of 'Redskins Unedited'".
Then we'll know, and knowin's half the battle!

Posted by: daggar | November 28, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the adjustment comments but find the comment about Landry being big enough to handle the Giants running backs funny since Jacobs ran over him like a steamroller in the first game.

Posted by: hootss | November 28, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Lol. Yes, because if you get run over by a player even one time, that means you're not big enough to tackle them. Get over it people, he went high and it didn't work out. If he tackled lower (as he did later in the game) it would have been fine. Also, I would point out that he made the tackle, he just got the worse of that one. It happens.

Posted by: LiberalMike | November 28, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

We need to get our minds around the fact that we're not going to stay in the playoff hunt very long. You saw what Tennessee,Dallas, and Philly did yesterday to the three teams we had to rally to beat. And we don't have the offensive firepower to stick with the Giants. They'll shut down CP, and Jason will end up trying to one-hop the ball to Moss, with an occasional look to Cooley or ARE. This is the "Son of Steelers" Game....

Posted by: 70Chip | November 28, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Lol. Yes, because if you get run over by a player even one time, that means you're not big enough to tackle them. Get over it people, he went high and it didn't work out. If he tackled lower (as he did later in the game) it would have been fine. Also, I would point out that he made the tackle, he just got the worse of that one. It happens.

Posted by: LiberalMike | November 28, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Again, the point of my first comment was more that I found it ironic that the article led off with a statement that Landry was big enough to "handle" the Giants backs. Given that Landry getting blown over by BJ was the subject of many replays on the networks and ESPN, I would have chosen a different way to make my point that Landry will be an important part of stopping the Giants running game. Second, it's a fact that BJ has 50 lbs on Landry.

Posted by: hootss | November 28, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

THIS ISN'T a MUST win, but it leaves us with all MUST wins thereafter if we lose this game...

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | November 28, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Therein lies the problem my fellow Skins' rooter. If the Skins' lose this game sunday I would venture to say prepare for 2009. Logical thinking dictates: Going to B-more and winning is a monumental task to say the least; If you saw what dem Iggles did to the Cards last night, even with Card turnovers, that game becomes even more scary; Lastly, you would think we could pencil in wins against the Bengals and 49'ers except, knowing the Skins' MO like we do, they are bound to BLOW rpt BLOW one of those games. HAIL TO THE SKINS'

Posted by: renaw9 | November 28, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

its good to see we have some good fans in the house. Ive been talking to alot of giant fans and they think they will run over us. We are a different team.All we need to do is to get pressure on eli,turnovers, and protect jc and we will be fine. Redskins beat giants 20-17

Posted by: redskinsfavorite | November 28, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't see any team "running over us" for the record... We play to the level of competition. Look at Week 1. That was the single worst half of football I can recall, dating back to the Pettibone era..

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | November 28, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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