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Jacobs a possible decoy? by Michael Rolland

Heading into tonight's anticipated matchup between the top two seeds in the NFC, the Giants might have a trick up their sleeve. As the Carolina Panthers visit the meadowlands tonight, expect Brandon Jacobs to be the starting running back for the Giants. However, he might be used as a decoy more than anything. If the Giants can muster a win tonight, Jacobs will have the next two weeks to rest his ailing knee. With a win tonight, the Giants will clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, and will also earn that much coveted week off. I am looking for Jacobs to get the ball between 10-15 times. Big Blue is not the same team without "earth", and if they have any chance of repeating as Super Bowl Champions, that will go hand in hand with a healthy Brandon Jacobs. On the other side of the spectrum, there is the two headed monster, consisting of Deangelo Williams, and Jonathan Stewart. Antonio Pierce has no choice but to make up for the past two games against the Cowboys and Eagles. His performance was abysmal to say the least against the Eagles and Cowboys, and if the Giants are going to win tonight, he will be the catalyst on defense to make it happen. Look for the Giants to be confident in their run stopping ability. Stuffing 8 or 9 in the box will not be apparent that often tonight, as Steve Smith will be far from an afterthought. If the Giants can contain Smith from a game changing play, and can hold the Panthers to less than 150 yards running the ball, they should be able to hold off the Panthers. A late December game at the meadowlands played in primetime will mean swirling winds, freezing temperatures, and a lot of smashmouth football. Everybody is expecting a low scoring game. Only time will tell, as kick off is less than 3 hours away. GO BLUE!

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