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Giants Q&A: What's up with Ahmad Bradshaw and the running game?

Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw celebrates after scoring

Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half. (Oct. 21, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

The Giants didn't run the ball as well as they have in recent games. Is that a concern?

They had only 64 rushing yards on 19 carries, but they did have two rushing touchdowns, both of them 1-yarders. The first was by Andre Brown, who jumped over the pile, met linebacker London Fletcher at the goal line and twisted away to fall into the end zone. The second was by Ahmad Bradshaw, who squirreled underneath a pile and stuck the ball through the legs of the larger men battling above him to cross the plane.


Anything else to be concerned about with the running game?

Maybe Bradshaw's temper. The veteran running back had his toughness touted this past week, but on the flip side of that running-with-anger is a beast that can be unleashed. Such as when he exchanged words with coach Tom Coughlin during the game, the two shouting and gesturing at each other. Or when he nearly walloped Victor Cruz, so much so that he needed to apologize. Bradshaw has been known to bark at teammates in the heat of battle, and this appears to be just such a case. Still, if he's sharing carries with Brown, there might be a little more rage in him.


So what was the argument with Coughlin about?

"That's between he and I," Coughlin said. Bradshaw left the locker room before he could be asked.

Was Chase Blackburn trying to strip the ball on the Redskins' final offensive play?

Not at first. The linebacker just wanted to be sure to tackle Santana Moss and not allow him to break away for more yardage than the 11 he'd already gained. But as Blackburn wrapped up the veteran receiver, he felt the football. "I just tried to rip it out at that point," he said.

And it was recovered by Jayron Hosley, the Giants defender on Washington's go-ahead touchdown about a minute earlier?

Fate's a funny thing.

How did Chris Canty play in his first game of the season?

He started at defensive tackle a day after being activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list and finished with four tackles. "It was great to be back, you have no idea," Canty said. He added that he was frustrated about not being on the field late because of a "pitch count" that limited his snaps after only three practices but said his knee was not an issue. "Not even a little bit," he said.


What was Jason Pierre-Paul's sack dance?

Don't ask Eli Manning. He might be the only person in the world who didn't recognize the Gangnam Style dance that Pierre-Paul broke out after bringing down Robert Griffin III. "I didn't know what it was," Manning said of the moves made famous by the South Korean singer Psy. "I just thought it was a sack dance."


How did the Falcons' receivers get dragged into this?

By Justin Tuck. He was asked about Cruz and the Giants' passing attack and immediately linked his teammates to the Roddy White and Julio Jones combination in Atlanta. White had made some remarks about Cruz in an interview earlier this season. "I know that the ones down in Atlanta get a lot of pub too, but I think you'd be pressed to show me anybody better than Elisha, Victor and Hakeem," Tuck said. "I think they are one of, if not the, greatest combos of wide receivers and quarterback that there is."



You know Tuck is serious when he uses Eli's full first name.

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