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Giants find ideal backfield mix

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By Michael Blunda

The Giants' recent backfield changes could have had a negative impact on multiple players, but instead it looks like they have found the right mix in which everyone can thrive.

Because of his fumbling issues, Ahmad Bradshaw was demoted from the starting lineup prior to Week 12, allowing Brandon Jacobs to reclaim his role atop the depth chart. But Bradshaw is far from fantasy chopped liver. In Sunday's blowout victory over the Redskins, it was he, not Jacobs, who dominated carries.

As the No. 2 back, Bradshaw surprisingly saw a season-high 25 carries this week, running for 97 yards and two TDs. Jacobs didn't need anywhere near as many attempts to put up huge stats, rushing for 103 yards and two scores on just eight carries. Together they exploded for 200 yards and four TDs, about as good of a day as a backfield tandem can have.

Expecting the pair to be this effective every week isn't realistic, but it appears New York can return to being a dominant rushing team with both backs operating on all cylinders. The Giants might not be as run-heavy when WRs Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith return from injury, but they certainly won't become an aerial attack down the stretch, especially considering their tough schedule. Owners of Jacobs and Bradshaw have reason to be optimistic that their guys can continue to produce even while splitting time.

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