Despite their top two running backs being inactive with injury, the Pittsburgh Steelers had one goal in mind on Sunday: establish the run. It was something the New York Giants were entirely prepared for, yet something they were completely unable to stop as Isaac Redman rushed for 147 yards and a score. Asked after the game why Big Blue couldn't slow down the third-string back, linebacker Michael Boley simply pointed out that, as everyone watching the game saw, tackling was horrific.
“Poor tackling,” Boley said. “We just didn’t stop it.”
With a few exceptions, the Giants were able to diagnose runs and the gaps with good pre-snap reads. Throughout the game, they were making the proper defensive adjustments, putting people in the right places and executing until they got to the ball carrier. From there, all hell broke loose said defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
“We missed tackles, that’s what happened,” he said. “People were in their gaps and where they were supposed to be; we were in the right position to make plays. We just didn’t make them. It’s unfortunate.”
The poor tackling only compounds a larger issue for the Giants, and that's their 5th-worst ranked run defense. Going into Sunday, they were allowing opponents to rush for 4.6 yards per carry, and that number will only get worse after allowing Redman to surge for 5.7 yards per carry.
Things get slightly easier for the Giants in week 10 as they take on BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Cincinnati Bengals, who are averaging just 3.8 yards per carry.
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