The Chicago Bears' defense is like a bed of hot coals -- extremely hard to run on.
Chicago has allowed a league-low 119 rushing yards in three weeks. They're giving up just 2.1 yards per carry and just 39.7 yards per game. So the Giants' offensive line knows it will have its hands full against the Bears on Sunday night.
"It's probably going to be tough sledding for most of the game," guard Chris Snee said. "But the running game is something you have to stick with and hope that the two-yard gains in the first quarter will eventually break into big ones."
The Giants' ground game has yet to produce a dominant performance, in part because the Giants have played from behind so often this season. Ahmad Bradshaw is hoping for a different script against Chicago, the last undefeated team in the NFC.
"We want to eat up the clock with running the ball," Bradshaw said. "We want to show each team that we're physical, and we just have to outplay them running the ball and throwing it over their heads."
Bradshaw ran for 88 yards and a touchdown last week, but he also had a costly fumble deep in Titans territory that killed the Giants in their 29-10 loss to Tennessee.
He and Brandon Jacobs have yet to produce the 1-2 punch that the Giants had hoped for this season. The Giants are averaging 115 yards per game on the ground, the 14th-best total in the league.
In addition to run-blocking, the Giants' offensive line has to account for the disruptive force that is Bears defensive end Julius Peppers. Peppers had one tackle for loss and a blocked field goal in Chicago's 20-17 win over Green Bay last Monday.
He has lined up on both ends for the Bears this season.
"Whoever he's lined up on is going to have a hard time," said Adam Koets, who will start at center in place of Shaun O'Hara for the second straight week. "Whatever you can do to help out and scheme, you should always have him accounted for so that’s what we're going to do."