He continues to get it done since coach Mike Shanahan made the correct call and decided to let the rookie be the main ball carrier in Washington. Now he gets a Giants defense that has been more than friendly over the past few weeks to not only running backs but wide receivers as well.
Good news for Helu owners, he can be both for you.
Helu has 73 carries for 334 yards and 13 receptions and 102 yards over the last three weeks. That’s an average of 24.3 carries for 111.3 yards to go with 4.3 catches for 34.0 yards and two TD in just the last three weeks.
And that’s before you’ve seen the numbers the Gitans have allowed the last five weeks.
The Giants have allowed Felix Jones to come off the bench and get 106 yards rushing on 16 carries and 31 yards on six catches last week. They allowed Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles to combine for 163 yards rushing on 29 carries and seven catches for 89 yards and two scores in Week 12; they allowed LeSean McCoy to rush for 113 yards on 23 carries and add a non-McCoy like two yards on three catches in Week 11.
All told, since Week 10, the Giants have allowed 558 yards rushing on 115 carries (4.9 YPC) and 25 catches for 196 yards and three total touchdowns. They aren’t giving up much via the end zone, but they sure are letting backs run up and down the field en route to the goal line.
In addition to the terrible run defense, the Giants pass defense is ranked 29th and has allowed more TDs and less interceptions than the Patriots (24-15 to 21-18). So the Redskins might actually be able to stay in this one to keep Helu relevant as a pure runner.
The hope of course is that Shanahan does not come and screw us Helu owners in our semifinal weeks, but this looks to be showcase time for the 4-9 Redskins and there’s no better player on the team to showcase right now than Roy Helu.
By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter