After getting obliterated by the Atlanta Falcons 34-0 on Sunday afternoon, watching the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys overtake them in the division and waking up this morning to answer an onslaught of questions regarding their shortcomings in Week 15, it's safe to say the New York Giants have not had an enjoyable last two days. However, there is finally some good news coming out of Giants camp today, as running back Ahmad Bradshaw informed the media that he plans to play against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Bradshaw missed Big Blue's matchup with the Falcons due to a sprained knee. The Giants rushing attack gained 97 yards without Bradshaw on Sunday, as David Wilson and Kregg Lumpkin each had runs of 20-plus yards. However, the Giants fell behind so early in the game that it was impossible to establish a sustained rushing attack.
Regardless of how the team performed last Sunday, the Giants will benefit from getting Bradshaw back this weekend. Not only does he provide stability in running the football, but he's played well in pass protection this season and is experienced within the offense. The Giants need him to be playing with effectiveness for the offense to be operating at full strength.
Obviously, Bradshaw's absence was far from the difference between the Giants winning and losing yesterday. There were breakdowns in all three phases for the duration of the matchup. However, he's a leader on this team and he needs to be on the field. Hopefully his return does not stunt the growth that we have seen from David Wilson in the last two weeks; but, it's important that the Giants are getting healthier as the playoffs approach.
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