Ahmad Bradshaw's 200 yards rushing changed the conversation last week. On Sunday, he and his blockers made a statement.
Following up his career day against the Browns, Bradshaw again hit the century mark against one the NFL's premier run defenses, totaling 116 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. As a team, the Giants posted 149 yards on the ground against a front that was giving up 81.4 yards per game.
"I knew my O-line was coming out to fight today," Bradshaw said. "When [fullback] Henry [Hynoski] was in there, he led me to the holes and they gave us a couple creases and we were able to make a couple big plays. My hat goes off to those guys. They showed me the way today."
None of it came easy, either.
At one point in the third quarter, Bradshaw had taken all of the Giants' 16 rushing attempts for a pedestrian 46 yards. The Giants kept at it, however, and Bradshaw opened up with a 23-yard run on the first possession of the fourth quarter. That was before David Wilson relieved him temporarily and had four straight rushes, including a 20-yard gain. The rookie finished the game with seven carries for 35 yards.
"We know we've got each other's back," said Bradshaw of his team. "Just stick to the run and something's going to open. We knew when we came out the second half, we knew if we came out strong and ran the ball that we could make some things happen. We came in and talked about it at halftime and we were able to figure some things out."
Bradshaw scored one of the Giants' two touchdowns on a one-yard leap into the end zone early in the third quarter for a 17-3 lead. The Giants finished with a 37-28 run-pass balance.