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Giants rediscover their running game in 41-27 win

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Ahmad Bradshaw had not run for more than 100 yards since Week Six of the 2011 season and he spent much of Sunday making up for lost time.

Bradshaw, whose fumble on the opening play helped the Browns open up an early 14-0 lead in New Jersey, ran for 200 yards and a touchdown to lead the way to a 41-27 Giants win. Bradshaw ran through holes as wide as a running back could ever hope to see, a welcome development for a Giants offense that hasn’t seen many of those during Bradshaw’s long stretch between games north of the century mark. The courtesy extended to rookie David Wilson, who got a shot to get out of the doghouse with Andre Brown suffering a head injury and made the most of it with an untouched 40-yard touchdown run that flashed the speed that made him a first-round pick.

The other half of the Giants offense was just fine as well. Eli Manning completed 25 of 37 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were caught by Victor Cruz. That’s a lot of salsa dancing and it is a win that the Giants needed with their schedule taking a rougher turn as the season progresses over the final 11 weeks.

Cleveland had some bright moments on offense in the first half, but they weren’t able to keep up with the Giants once the home side found its footing. Brandon Weeden was picked in the end zone with a chance to cut the score to seven points in the fourth quarter — one play after he amusingly tried to throw a second forward pass after his first attempt was batted back into his hands — and the combination of the score made it hard to keep going to an effective Trent Richardson in the second half. There were signs of growth, but it was an 11th straight loss all the same.

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13 Responses to “Giants rediscover their running game in 41-27 win”
  1. kingcarlbanks says: Oct 7, 2012 4:26 PM

    Sometimes being a Giants fan is hard as hell. Good win, but the drama and injuries are taking years off.my life…

  2. bluewinger says: Oct 7, 2012 4:35 PM

    Bradshaw is a tough runner, not the best but tough. You go Bradshaw!!!!!!!!!

  3. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Oct 7, 2012 4:40 PM

    Richardson is fun to watch, and Weeden has ability but needs to stop throwing interceptions.

  4. bigblue0711 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:47 PM

    As a giant fan it was nice seeing the rushing attack we had today. Richardson is a beast. Need 2+ guys to get him down and the first hit rarely brings him to the turf. He is fun to watch

  5. mungman69 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:48 PM

    The Browns suck. They will get the first pick in next years draft. But they will probably screw that up again. Remember that QB from Kentucky and that DE from Penn St.

  6. bigzant82 says: Oct 7, 2012 5:28 PM

    MUNGMAN69 stop hating on my browns ok we cant be lucky and have a QB demand a trade from San Diego like you did ok. smh dont worry with the new owner and $$$ he cmoing with we will clean house and get this team righ tin 2-3 years asap weeden and t-rich are the truth just gotta grow up though

  7. citiciti says: Oct 7, 2012 5:33 PM

    Browns-Good for what ails you!!

  8. pixelito says: Oct 7, 2012 5:46 PM

    Gotta say, the Browns have a QB, RB and one hell of an OL.

    Not a terrible place to start building.

  9. bingocostello says: Oct 7, 2012 6:18 PM

    Plenty of bright spots in an 0-16 season…….

  10. hatersweargreen says: Oct 7, 2012 6:51 PM

    I’m happy my giants won obviously! but i wanted to also say that, with another good year of drafting the dogg pound is gonna be a winning place in the years to come.

    i know which RB i’m drafting next year in fantasy if i can manage it :)

  11. jimeejohnson says: Oct 7, 2012 9:16 PM

    Giants at San Francisco: classic.

  12. bluemonstaz says: Oct 8, 2012 2:35 AM

    good to c the giants offense get going, AB went beast mode today, hopefully he can keep it going against a tough D next week and with nicks back should be a win, if our Dline can wake up, tuck and osi need to really step it up. tough grind kinda battle but a win

  13. sean222 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:01 AM

    Too many players hurt for a team that can’t afford it. #1 received #1 deep threat #1 corner #1 middle linebacker. Tough to watch when the rest of the rookie class keeps winning. Sorry Weeden, no help this year.

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