Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Giants' Nicks NFC Offensive Player of Week
By Dan Graziano
The NFL announced Wednesday that New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Nicks caught 10 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' comeback victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday. It's the fourth time in his career he's caught at least 10 passes in one game, including the most recent Super Bowl.
The NFL could have picked any of three Giants for this award. Nicks' fellow wideout, Victor Cruz, caught 11 passes for 179 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. Nicks and Cruz are the first teammates in NFL history to catch at least 10 passes and amass at least 175 receiving yards in the same game. As you might imagine, quarterback Eli Manning also had big numbers in this game. His 510 passing yards matched the ninth-highest single-game total in league history, and the Giants became the first team to pass for 500 yards and have two receivers each surpass 150 since the 1951 Los Angeles Rams of Norm Van Brocklin, Tom Fears and Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch.
But Manning threw the three interceptions, and Nicks had the bigger game between the receivers, including a 23-yard touchdown catch and a 50-yard reception that set up Andre Brown's game-winning touchdown run. He's the first Giants receiver to win this award since Plaxico Burress in 2005. Two other Giants were named NFC Offensive Player of the Week last year -- Manning in Week 3 and running back Ahmad Bradshaw in Week 6.
The award caps Nicks' comeback from the broken bone in his foot that knocked him out of spring practice and training camp. He played in the Giants' Week 1 loss to Dallas, as he'd said he would, but this is the clearest statement yet that the foot won't hold him back from all he can do on the field.