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RoanokeFan
01-03-2012, 05:19 PM
FATAL FLAWS OF NFL PLAYOFF TEAMS (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Ap3wy1iqZnQWGpKS18Rp4tZDubYF?slug=jc-cole_nfl_playoffs_fatal_flaws_patriots_packers_103 12)

Excerpt: "No. 4 New York Giants (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/nyg/)
<p id="yui_3_4_1_1_1325625383046_381">Flaw:
Nowhere to run</p>


It seems like only a couple of years ago that the lasting image of the Giants
was the downhill running game led by behemoth back <span class="ysp-player">Brandon Jacobs (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7286/).</span> Now, the only
thing loud about the Giants’ running game is literally Jacobs’ mouth (gotta love
him, but he doesn’t exactly hit the hole anymore). The Giants have the league’s
worst running game, ranking dead last in yards per game (89.2) and per carry (a
paltry 3.5 at a time when 25 of the league’s 32 teams are above 4.0 and three
are above 5.0). Some of that is attributable to injuries (<span class="ysp-player"><a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/8504/">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a></span> missed four
games and was limited to 171 carries), but a lot is because the offensive line
just isn’t the same. As a result, the Giants have had to depend on the passing
of quarterback <span class="ysp-player">Eli Mannin (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6760/)</span></p>No. 5 Atlanta Falcons (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/atl/)
<p id="yui_3_4_1_1_1325625383046_450">Flaw:
Learning to attack</p>
Atlanta made a huge splash in the offseason when it traded up in the draft to
get big-play wide receiver <span class="ysp-player">Julio Jones (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/24793/).</span> With the
exception of a nagging hamstring injury, Jones has been everything the Falcons
expected, catching 54 passes for 959 yards and eight touchdowns. However, the
Falcons are still largely stuck in their high-percentage, low-risk offensive
philosophy and they know it. Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey keeps too tight
a grip on the play-calling, resulting in an offense that often looks to grind
away in a league built on big plays. The Falcons were held to 23 points or fewer
in their five games against playoff teams (1-4). They’ll likely need to get that
offense clicking at a much more productive level in order for coach
Mike&amp;Smith and quarterback <span class="ysp-player">Matt Ryan (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/8780/)</span> to get their
first playoff win."

MikeIsaGiant
01-03-2012, 05:22 PM
I expect a big running game soon, not sure why but I think it's time AB and BJ finally show their true colors this weekend.

RoanokeFan
01-03-2012, 05:24 PM
I expect a big running game soon, not sure why but I think it's time AB and BJ finally show their true colors this weekend.

I think there has been enough improvement to think we can get some decent running yards on Sunday. Hopefully enough for a balanced offensive attack.

MikeIsaGiant
01-03-2012, 05:29 PM
I expect a big running game soon, not sure why but I think it's time AB and BJ finally show their true colors this weekend.

I think there has been enough improvement to think we can get some decent running yards on Sunday.* Hopefully enough for a balanced offensive attack.


Yes, very true. Hopefully Can't expect (you never know with this staff) this staff to go crazy on passing game the whole playoffs. At some point you need to balance the offense. I think this weekend is a perfect opportunity.

Go with the run in the beginning of the game, if it works, keep going with it.

G4L
01-03-2012, 05:35 PM
I expect a big running game soon, not sure why but I think it's time AB and BJ finally show their true colors this weekend.</P>


Why, is Boothe moving back to C and Petrus starting at RG? Baas belongs on the bench.</P>