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Ahmad Bradshaw says things would have been different if he played


Most of the Giants are spending the day going over their mistakes in Sunday’s 34-0 loss in Atlanta.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is one of the few Giants who isn’t in that position. Bradshaw didn’t play because of a sprained knee suffered in Week 14 against the Saints and Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that he said Monday that “a lot of things would have been different” if he was in the lineup.

Things would have been different, but we’re not sure the winner and loser are among them. The Giants were down 7-0 after running two offensive plays, David Wilson had a 25-yard run to help set up an early field goal attempt that Lawrence Tynes missed and it was 17-0 in the second quarter after Eli Manning’s second interception led to a Falcons field goal. The Giants did fail on three fourth down conversion attempts, but one was a pass and the third came when the score was already 24-0. Wilson ran the ball on the first of the tries, but got stuffed by a host of Falcons who had pushed the offensive line straight back at the snap of the ball.

We obviously can’t know if Bradshaw’s presence would have changed the outcome and don’t begrudge him for feeling that way, but the Giants’ problems went far beyond anything having to do with the running game.

Bradshaw said he plans to play this weekend, but admitted that he felt the same way last week before being scratched. That means we’ll have to keep an eye on the practice reports this week to see if Bradshaw will be a difference maker in Baltimore.

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20 Responses to “Ahmad Bradshaw says things would have been different if he played”
  1. themagicman1223 says: Dec 17, 2012 3:41 PM

    Almost taking a shot at David Wilson.

  2. zaggs says: Dec 17, 2012 3:44 PM

    As a Giants fan, no it wouldn’t have been different. probably would have been worse since lately it seems Bradshaw can’t see the holes.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 17, 2012 3:49 PM

    Alfred Morris is the only RB that matters in the NFC East.

  4. cwillz13 says: Dec 17, 2012 3:52 PM

    He would have gotten 10 carries for 45 yards and still the score would have been the same

  5. golforepar says: Dec 17, 2012 3:54 PM

    34 – 3

  6. beckzhere says: Dec 17, 2012 3:56 PM

    I doubt that.

  7. szwhtsup123 says: Dec 17, 2012 4:08 PM

    Disappointing to hear him say that, but now Ahmad, back it up by rolling these bird teams and get us back to the playoffs!

  8. wegonnarockdownto7thlombardiavenue says: Dec 17, 2012 4:08 PM

    It may have been different if AB played….

    and if Eli didn’t throw a picks

    and if Corey Webster could revert to 2007 form and cover someone

    and if Hosley learned to keep his outside leverage

    and if David Diehl wasn’t a revolving door

    and someone, anyone, from the D-Line could create pressure

    and if Tynes could kick (which btw cost the Giants one game for sure and probably another)

  9. pnut87 says: Dec 17, 2012 4:09 PM

    Yeah, it would have been different. The Giants would have gotten 50 less rushing yards…

  10. jbl429 says: Dec 17, 2012 4:10 PM

    Even so, if he’s one week healthier, they were better off not playing him. Even having Adrian Peterson in the lineup yesterday might not have made a difference with the way the rest of the team played.

  11. themackstrong says: Dec 17, 2012 4:26 PM

    Did Bradshaw put on 200 lbs and start playing on the D-line? New York got bullied again but another top team 34-0! Not by 1 score or 10 points. They are lucky to be playing the Ravens this weekend.

  12. anthonyjnovelli says: Dec 17, 2012 4:26 PM

    Giants fan here, We could have had Barry Sanders, Emmit Smith, Walter Peyton ETC and we still would have lost. No pressure from the D-Line, no coverage in the secondary. Honestly I am getting sick and tired of our players running thier mouths before we prove anything. Shut the front door until you do something.

  13. baloneyjohn says: Dec 17, 2012 4:30 PM

    You are full of it, unless 27-0 is much of an improvement.
    Eli was rushed and his aim was off.
    You are over rated, anyway.

  14. purplekoolaid1 says: Dec 17, 2012 4:54 PM

    So let me get this right….one single player would make a difference in a 34-0 game? Keep dreaming Ahmad.

  15. jgedgar70 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:06 PM

    Hey Bradshaw, does what you said mean it’s OK for me to opine that things would have been different if Jonathan Stewart played in the Giants-Panthers game in week 3?

  16. mjzaky says: Dec 17, 2012 5:14 PM

    We wouldn’t have won, but he’s right that it would have been different. Like it or not because of who he is as a runningback, AB is the vocal leader of this offense like Rolle is for the defense. Neither are the best player on their units but it doesn’t matter. AB would have forced the Giants to at least compete instead of getting flat-out steamrolled.

  17. japmen says: Dec 17, 2012 5:14 PM

    Yep, the running game would have been even worse.

  18. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 17, 2012 5:18 PM

    He’s right Wilson would have had to wait till midway through the first quarter after Bradshaw got hurt(again) to play.

  19. zack2482 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:30 PM

    Would he have stopped Eli from throwing picks?

  20. bozorocks says: Dec 17, 2012 6:13 PM

    If Bradshaw had played, yes things would have been different. The score would have been 60-0.
    Amazing how one guy can think he is the difference on a losing team.
    Packers Rock !

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