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Old 10-26-2008, 06:50 AM   #1
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Head to Head: Giants RB Brandon Jacobs vs. Steelers run defense
A closer look at the game within the game

Brandon Jacobs, left, and James Farrior Jacobs

Larry Foote said it will be like two pit bulls fighting for the same bone when the New York Giants, who have the NFL's top rushing attack, are at Heinz Field today to play the Steelers, who have the league's No. 1 overall defense.

"When two go head-on like that, someone's got to give," said Foote, the Steelers' inside linebacker. "Hopefully, it will be them, not us."

The Giants (5-1) lead the league in rushing, averaging 169.7 yards per game, and they interchange their running backs the way some teams change their socks. Brandon Jacobs is their leading rusher with 516 yards, but he is complemented by Derrick Ward (337 yards) and Ahman Bradshaw (147 yards).

As a team, the Giants average 5.6 yards per rush attempt, best in the league.

"They definitely have the 1-2-3 punch," said inside linebacker James Farrior.

The Steelers rank second in the league in rush defense, behind the Baltimore Ravens, allowing an average of 69.7 yards per game. However, they have allowed only one team to rush for over 100 yards this season (Ravens, 103) and are the only team to not allow a run of 20 yards or longer.

The longest run against the Steelers was a 15-yarder by Cincinnati's Cedric Benson, and that was the play on which cornerback Bryant McFadden (broken forearm) and Troy Polamalu (concussion) were injured.

"I don't want to take anything away from their backs, but anytime a back is back there getting yards, and that goes back to when Tiki Barber was there, and the backups have a high yards-per-carry, it starts with the offensive line, first and foremost," Foote said.

But it's not just their run-blocking. Quarterback Eli Manning has been sacked six times in six games. By comparison, Ben Roethlisberger was sacked that many times in the first half in Philadelphia.

"They have some big boys up front," said outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley. "And they have some big boys in the backfield."

The biggest of them all is Jacobs, who, at 6-foot-4, 264 pounds, is bigger than seven of the 11 starters on the Steelers defense.

Coach Mike Tomlin said one of the problems stopping Jacobs is that the Giants offensive line is so effective at sustaining blocks that it is difficult to hit Jacobs before he gets started.

"He's long-striding 3 yards from the line of scrimmage," Tomlin said.

"That's been the key -- stop 'em before they get started," said nose tackle Casey Hampton, who will return after missing three games with a groin injury. "They do a good job of giving him room and giving him big gaps to run through and getting him up on the little defensive backs. It's hard for them to bring him down."
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Default Re: Brandon Jacobs vs. the Steelers Defense

gonna be fun to watch, tell you that much. Jacobs is a stud, he will run you over. Hopefully we will be laying him out.
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It will be some smashmouth football today it will definetly be some hard hitting hopefully our deffense is up to it and can stop the running game.
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It will be some smashmouth football today it will definetly be some hard hitting hopefully our deffense is up to it and can stop the running game.
Jacobs is an absolute freak. We need to put some points up early, put the game in Eli's hands and bring the house.
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Default Re: Brandon Jacobs vs. the Steelers Defense

Brandon Jacobs is a physical specimen at Halfback. He scares me.

If the Steelers D are going to be without Smith, then they have their work cut out for them big time. If the Giants are going to be beaten, Jacobs must be stopped, or at least contained.
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This game could put us on the map for this year...

Isn't funny how we seem to always be out of the discussion for who's the best?
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Hampton vs Jacobs

lol, that should be fun

Dline rotation has to be better than ever this game. it sucks aaron can't be there, but there's no excuses, eason kirshke and roye have to play just as well

Stop him and the defense can concentrate on manning
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Go for his knees, please!!
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Default Re: Brandon Jacobs vs. the Steelers Defense

I would be lying if i said i wasnt worried but.....im not haha
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Default Re: Brandon Jacobs vs. the Steelers Defense

Honestly i don't think Jacobs will have a good game at all.
The Steelers will be looking forward to stopping the run game early and they will making Eli pass the ball, and without Plax i know Woodley and Harrison are hungry.
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