Thursday, December 8, 2011
Five-star: Hakeem Nicks will go for 100 yards
By Todd Archer
Five-star question: Will Victor Cruz be the fourth consecutive receiver to have a 100-yard game against the Cowboys' secondary or will another Giants' receiver do it?
I’ll go with somebody other than Cruz this week. My answer is Hakeem Nicks. He had nine catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns in his last game at Cowboys Stadium.
It’s one thing to allow a wide receiver like Miami’s Brandon Marshall to go for more than 100 yards in a game. It’s a troubling matter when Washington’s Jabar Gaffney and Arizona’s Andre Roberts do it.
Cruz has become Eli Manning’s top target with the wide receivers banged up. He has 62 catches for 1,076 yards and seven touchdowns. He is riding a personal three-game streak of at least 100 yards with 128, 157 and 119 yard games against Philadelphia New Orleans and Green Bay.
But Nicks gets the call for me. He has been targeted 24 times by Manning in the last two games with 14 catches for 175 yards and two scores. He is big, fast and hard to bring down. To me, Nicks is the Giants’ version of Dez Bryant.
If Steve Smith remained with the Giants, I would’ve picked him since he has a history of lighting up the Cowboys.
In the last four games against the Cowboys, the Giants have had four 100-yard games from receivers. Smith had two of them. Nicks had one. Mario Manningham had the other.
It won’t be Cruz on Sunday, but the Giants will have a receiver crack the century mark.