The New York Giants find themselves in a pickle. Stud wideout Hakeem Nicks hasn't been able to fully practice and this weekend's game could be a defining moment in the season.
What's a franchise that has won two Super Bowls in the last five years to do? Let's weigh out the factors.
Quite frankly, there just aren't many games left this season, and the Washington Redskins are charging hard at the crown. Even if New York fans aren't scared of Robert Griffin III, the Giants certainly are.
Should Nicks play?
In other words, the margin for error has been decimated by New York's recent 1-3 stretch. There aren't a whole lot of tomorrows, especially considering that the quarterback is 31 and the head coach is 66.
Time is ticking.
Additionally, the offense has been struggling lately. The Redskins are not considered to have an elite defense, and the Giants were only able to put up 16 points against them. Losing another game-breaker like Nicks would only serve to limit this offense's capabilities.
Nicks is only 24 years old, meaning he could heal quickly, if allowed to. The Giants do have a one-game lead, and while it's a scary proposition, New York can get by the New Orleans Saints without Nicks.
The pass-rush will actually be able to close in on Brees, and it isn't like the Saints field a decent defense.
Lastly, the offense has been hitting on all cylinders lately. Maybe focusing on Cruz and the supporting cast will help the unit regain its swagger.
The surest way to victory is to have your big-time players make big-time plays. If Nicks is capable of playing, he has to be on the field. As mentioned above, time is running out for the Giants to punch their ticket into the postseason.