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Morning links: Giants running game takes stage with Burress out

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 4, 2008 at 7:32 am with 4 Comments »
October 4, 2008 7:32 am

With Plaxico Burress out the New York Giants should rely on its solid ground game on Sunday, with bruising running back Brandon Jacobs leading the way. The Giants are fourth in the league in rushing, averaging 157 yards a game. Jacobs leads the Giants in rushing with 244 yards on 50 carries and one touchdown, for a 4.9 yards-per-carry average.

Seattle Seahawks

How will the absence of wide receiver Plaxico Burress change Seattle’s defensive game plan? Frank Hughes talks to Hawks’ defensive coordinator John Marshall, and he says not much.

"We just got to play our stuff," Marshall said. "We have seen enough film on all of (their receivers), and our players are aware that they could get one guy or the other guy."

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says after three games T.J. Duckett has proved his value to the team so far this season.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Art Thiel previews the Seahawks-Giants game on his alma mater’s radio station, KPLU in this audio link.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press reports one of Seattle’s tasks defensively will be containing Jacobs.

Mike Holmgren talks to KJR’s Mitch Levy on Friday. Holmgren said Branch, if healthy, will probably play about half of the snaps on Sunday. We’ll have more from Holmgren after practice today.

Marcus Trufant receives high praise from the Giants receivers in this article from the New Jersey Star-Ledger reporter Mike Garafolo.

More Garafolo: The Giants regularly played against Julius Jones while he was in Dallas. But Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield says Jones looks like a new player for Seattle.

New York’s defense readies for an improved Seattle passing game.

Giants rookie Mario Manningham returns to practice after a bout of the flu and appears ready to play this week.

San Francisco 49ers

Even with the sacks and the turnovers, the 49ers will continue to try and push the ball down the field, according to this report from John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Frank Gore says he’s ready for the battle of wits between offensive coordinator Mike Martz and Patriots defensive guru Bill Belichick.

San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky talks to Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat about why he’s used five defensive backs so much this season.

Matt Burrows of the Sacramento Bee talks about the 49ers using the direct snap approach to Frank Gore, with Miami having success against the Patriots doing the same thing with Ronnie Brown.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Anquan Boldin had surgery to repair a fractured facial bone and his return is uncertain.

Manny Ramirez and Edgerrin James are buds. No surprise here, given their free-spirit nature. Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley discusses the two’s friendship.

Darren Urban of writes that with Boldin out receive Steve Breaston must step up.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are still trying to find their team identity.

St. Louis Rams

With the firing of Scott Linehan and the elevation of Jim Haslett as head coach, Rick Venturi finds himself a defensive coordinator again, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Former Rams running back Lawrence Phillips continues down a troubled path. Phillips was sentenced to 10 years in prison for assault.

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  1. earther says:

    That’s the second time this week I’ve read a headline about the tactical showdown between Mike Martz and Belichick. How does that make you feel if you’re Mike Nolan? You’d think that an offensive coordinator getting twice as much ink as his head coach might not bode to well for the career prospects of the head coach.

    Well, maybe not. It seems to me he received more ink than Marinelli in Detroit as well and Martz was the guy who ended up getting canned there. Besides, if the Niners don’t have a winning season this year then Nolan is probably doomed, regardless of how front and center his OC is.

  2. Jacobs scares the crap out of me, but helps that we can probably focus on their running game.

    From NY’s perspective, they now have to deal with a healthy receiving corps in addition to an improving run game. I’m VERY interested to see if our running game is for real.

  3. I don’t believe the Seahawks will be focusing on the Giants’ running game. Just because Burris is out– it doesn’t leave them helpless. The can still scorch the Hawks passing. I have a bad feeling about this one.

  4. nighthawk2 says:

    The Giants passing game without Burress is remarkably unscary. However the Seahawks rank 25th in pass defense (in yards allowed per game) and 9th in run defense, so the logical thing to do is throw on them. The Giants are 5th in pass defense and 7th in run defense. However they’ve played the Skins in the opener (they are much better now), the Rams and the Bungals, who took them to overtime. I think their stats are somewhat misleading. An injured Carson Palmer had 286 and a TD on them with 23 rushing yards and no interceptions, and Housmandzadeh had a monster day. Jacobs had 35 yards and Derrick Ward had a better day with 80 yards and a TD. They’re not that scary. It’s that 10am start jinx that bothers me.

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