Big Blue’s running back Rashad Jennings said it was “frustrating” tweaking his ankle on his first carry in the team’s 24-13 win over the Washington Redskins, a second successive victory in a season that has seen Big Blue amass only 5 out of 14 games so far. He’s alright though and feels “great” which is important for the Giants who face a potent St. Louis Rams team that Eli Manning said is “playing well. They are a talented defense. They have good players. They have a good scheme. Guys are playing fast.
They are aggressive, so we have to make sure we know what we are doing, sound on all of our calls, guys are doing the right things, because they will show some different looks that you don’t see every day. We have to make sure that everybody is accounted for and do a good job of getting the ball out on time and hopefully run the ball.”
Jennings, one of the reasons the G-Men can run the ball productively, is looking forward to the challenge of scoring against an opponent that has not allowed an offensive TD in 12 quarters.
“It’s exciting. Competition always brings the best out of everybody," noted Jennings. "It’s kind of steak sitting in front of us for the offense. Of course, you always want to go against the best. They’re one of the top defenses in the league, so it’s going to be a great challenge for the offense and I know we’re excited for it.”
He analyzed some of the reasons for their success, saying “They fly around. They’re physical. They’re finishing every play. They’re scrappy and you can see a little bit of attitude and swag with them. That’s the makeup of a good defense and they’re sound. They very rarely have blown coverages, so they make themselves tough to beat.” Sentiments echoed by his QB, Manning, who said “It is not just their front seven. Their defensive backs are playing well and are aggressive. They have done a great job of getting to the quarterback lately. Stopping the run. They’ll get complex and show you a lot of different looks, so you have a lot of preparation to do.”
Jennings, in his first season with the Giants after stints with the Jaguars and Raiders, said his team and teammates need to exhibit similar swag and attitude because “Football, I was told, is really not a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Obviously, to move the ball against a good defense, we’re going to have to bring two chin straps.” And, according to Jennings, this will happen when you “knock somebody out and run with attitude. That’s it. It’s football. It’s no secret. Everybody knows the most physical team will win up front and in the trenches. We’ve just got to play our game” He continued saying that the Giants have to “look in our room” because all that’s required is having “to make more plays. When the game is going well, it’s a testament to the quarterback getting us in the right play. The offensive line is blocking well. The receivers and tight ends are making blocks. And if it’s not, it’s because the running backs are not making enough plays.”