Battle Of New York: Jets Rushing Defense vs. Giants Rushing Offense

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Part four of our series breaking down the Christmas Eve match-up between the New York Jets and New York Giants, looks at the Jets rushing defense versus the Giants rushing offense, with featured commentary from myself, Chris Celletti, and TJ Rosenthal

New York Giants Rushing Yards Per Game (86.1, 32nd in the NFL)

New York Jets Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game (112.9, 16th in the NFL)

Chris Celletti: The Giants better hope Ahmad Bradshaw gets healthy and quickly. We’ve seen the Jets struggle against fast backs like LeSean McCoy and Darren McFadden. If Bradshaw can’t go or is severly limited, the onus falls on the plodding Brandon Jacobs. The Jets’ front is built to stop a power running back, with beef up front in Sione Pouha and Muhammad Wilkerson. The Jets have the clear advantage if Jacobs gets the majority of the touches, and even if Bradshaw does go, the Jets should be able to handle him if he’s not at 100%. Advantage Jets.

TJ Rosenthal: The Jets run D has slipped this year. Last year the Jets were 3rd in the NFL, giving up just 90.9 per game. Nowadays they now rank 17th overall at 113 yds given up per game. The Giants rushing attack luckily, is dead last in the NFL. Gaining only 86.1 per game. If the Jets can stay within the parameters of 86.1 and 113, they will be successful in forcing more third down and long situations.

Unknowns include effects of the emotion that Brandon Jacobs will bring and how healthy Ahmad Bradshaw is. Bradhaaw missed practice today, resting his fractured foot. He’ll play but can he take over the game on the ground?

For the Jets the return of Mike Devito last Sunday after missing two games will certainly bolster the Jets inside run defense.

Joe Caporoso: The more Brandon Jacobs I see, the happier I will be. As Chris alluded to, the Jets frontline should stuff the slow and over the hill Jacobs. Ahmad Bradshaw could cause problems on the edge, but how healthy is he really? Let’s be blunt, the Giants are awful at running the football. It is hard to see them commit to any type of running game tomorrow, instead look for Eli Manning to drop back 35-40 times.