Oct 11, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Shane Vereen (34) carries the ball as San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) defends during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
2. Running Backs in the passing game
The Giants and Eagles both love to incorporate their running backs into the passing game. It adds pressure on linebackers and strong safeties who are tasked with covering the shifty and fast backs. The Eagles and Giants will both get a taste of their own medicine here.
For the Giants it is Shane Vereen who is the pass catching back. Vereen has 20 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown. Vereen has shown a knack for making people miss in the open field and his receptions have a big impact on the Giants offense. Rashad Jennings also is a dangerous running back receiving option. Jennings has 11 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles have three running backs with different skill sets. That being said all three of them contribute in the passing game. Darren Sproles and DeMarco Murray have a combined 34 receptions. Ryan Matthews has 8. Bradford has thrown for 1,281 yards and 308 of those yards were gained by running backs.
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