While the record certainly doesn’t show it, the New York Giants are stopping the run this season.
Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte have all tested the Giants’ front seven and come up with no more than 67 yards. Peterson had it the toughest, being limited to 28.
The one group that has given the defense a little trouble has been the athletic quarterbacks — Michael Vick, Cam Newton and Alex Smith.
That’s what will make this week tough when the re-energized Giants (2-6) look for their third straight win and kick off a three-game homestand with a contest against the Raiders (3-5) today.
The Raiders have the NFL’s fastest quarterback in Terrelle Pryor and the AFC’s top rushing game, averaging 147.8 yards with Darren McFadden leading the way.
Pryor is the wild card, the one who creates unexpected problems. He has run for 485 yards and needs 45 yards to break Rich Gannon’s single-season team record of 529 yards set in 2000.
“He is a freak athlete,” Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason said of the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Pryor. “To be that big and that fast, that is a tough tackle. You really have to gang tackle.” What makes Pryor so dangerous is his ability to improvise when a pass play falls apart.
“He’s not going to stay there long,” defensive end Justin Tuck said. “He understands how gifted he is as an athlete and considering that most people chasing him are nowhere near as fast as him, he has an advantage. He’s used it to pretty good success. I don’t know if he’s necessarily looking for it but when the opportunity’s there he’s not hesitating.”
Pryor isn’t looking to run.
“If it happens,” he said. “They’ve got a very good, deep front seven. If something happens where I have to get out and make a play . but I want to sit back and see if I can find some guys downfield and get some explosive gains in the passing game.”