Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had a monster day against the Buccaneers in the Giants’ 41-34 victory and now he’s got an honor to represent how well he played.
Nicks has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week Two after he had 10 catches for a career-high 199 yard in the win. Nicks, who also scored a touchdown, helped Eli Manning set a career high with 510 passing yards and helped the Giants overcome a 14-point third quarter deficit with his productive Sunday. He’s the first Giants receiver to be named Player of the Week since Plaxico Burress took home the honor in 2005.
That’s a pretty good illustration of why the Giants were so happy to get Nicks back from a broken bone in his foot before the start of the regular season. While Nicks is still bothered by the injury, including a flare up after someone stepped on the foot Sunday, he’s a game-changing receiver who has developed a winning relationship with Manning over the course of their time together in New Jersey.
Nicks wasn’t the only Giants wide receiver to feast on the Tampa secondary in Week Two. Victor Cruz had 11 catches and 179 receiving yards and the Cruz-Nicks duo became the first teammates in NFL history to record at least 10 catches and 175 receiving yards in the same game.