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Giants' defensive end Osi Umenyiora had high praise for San Francisco running back Frank Gore Friday, saying "outside of Adrian Peterson, he's probably the best running back in football."
Gore has 782 yards rushing this season and five straight 100+ yard games.
"We just have to, first of all, stop the run as best we can or try to contain the run. Nobody's been able to fully stop them yet, but if we contain the run and if the offense continues to play well and put up points, then we'll be able to get them out of the game they want to play," Umenyiora said. "They want to control the clock and play smart ball, which is what they've done all year, which is why they're successful."
ROSTER MOVE: For the fifth time this season, the Giants have signed quarterback Ryan Perrilloux to the practice squad. To make room for Perrilloux, the team terminated the practice squad contract of defensive end Craig Marshall, who was signed on Tuesday.
Giants At 49ers: Scouting San Francisco - SB Nation New York
The New York Giants (6-2) travel to California this weekend to face the 7-1 San Francisco 49ers. Let’s take a look at what the NFC West leading 49ers are all about.
The Giants are in first place with a 6-2 record at the midpoint of their season. But as every Giants' fan can tell you, the second half of the season is where things get interesting. Since Tom Coughlin took over as their head coach in 2004, the Giants' second-half record is 24-32, which ranks 24th in the league.
How good of a test is this Giants offense in terms of evaluating your entire defense?
"It'll be a great test because the one thing about the Giants offense that I think you can say, it strikes you right from the start of looking at them, is their balance. A lot of times when you get ready for an opponent you look at who's their playmakers, what one or two guys. And these guys spread the ball around, and they've got a good receiving corps. [Giants QB Eli] Manning has always liked to throw the ball to the tight ends no matter who's been there. [Former Giants TE Jeremy] Shockey, [Former Giants TE Kevin] Boss, now the tight ends that he has here. The tight end gets action in this offense, no matter who it is. So, they spread the ball around very well, so it's hard to zero in on one guy because they spread the ball so much."
Dottino: Giants At 49ers Preview " CBS New York
Welcome to the NFL's version of hockey's neutral-zone trap: The San Francisco 49ers (7-1) rely on a power running game spelled by a short-pass attack, a rugged rushing defense and a very strong dose of special teams.
So exactly what are the Giants (6-2) getting themselves into when they head to Candlestick Park on Sunday?
Tuck ready for 49ers, unimpressed by Smith - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
"He is a guy who they are trying to keep out of position to win the football game," Tuck said. "Obviously, with a back like Frank Gore and the O-Line keeping them in third and short situations and even if it is third and six or seven, they still feel that they can pick it up running.
"I think they are asking Alex not to lose the game. He is playing decent with 10 touchdowns and two picks. He is not putting them in situations where they are going to be pinned back or their defense is not going to be put in bad situations. If they get in field goal range, they are going to run the ball and make sure they come away with some points. If they are not in, they are going to run the ball and make sure they punt to put their defense in good positions to stop the offense."