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Look at that finger. Gross!
A dislocated finger suffered in last week's loss will have no bearing on Hakeem Nicks' receiving output in Week 3. The Giants' No. 1 wideout should have a monster game simply because the Panthers don't have anybody who can cover him.
Starting cornerback Josh Thomas—who gave up the game-winning touchdown in Carolina's 12-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks—was recently concussed, and former seventh-round draft pick Captain Munnerlyn has a slim chance of sticking with "Hakeem The Dream."
Victor Cruz will lead the team in receptions for the second straight week, but the slot receiver's yardage will fall short of the century mark for the first time all season. He'll be used primarily to move the chains, as Manning is sure to find his buddy across the middle on several drive-extending third downs.
After slumping quite a bit in Week 2, Rueben Randle's targets will dwindle slightly against the Panthers. He will make the most of what he is given, but that won't be very much, since Nicks and Cruz should have no problem getting open.
The same cannot be said for Brandon Myers. The tight end will struggle for the first time all season after taking a physical beating against the Broncos. A touchdown catch will soothe some of that soreness.
Jerrel Jernigan will have a couple passes thrown his way. I don't know why, but he will. Let's say Jernigan catches one (where is Louis Murphy?).
Rounding out the receivers will be running back Da'Rel Scott and tight end Larry Donnell. The reserves will each catch a pass, as both have warranted an extra look in Manning's crowded passing arsenal.
Hakeem Nicks: 8 targets, 5 receptions, 120 yards, 24 YPC, 1 touchdown
Victor Cruz: 9 targets, 6 receptions, 91 yards, 15.2 YPC
Rueben Randle: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 39 yards, 13 YPC
Brandon Myers: 7 targets, 4 receptions, 36 yards, 9 YPC, 1 touchdown
Jerrel Jernigan: 2 targets, 1 reception, 4 yards, 4YPC
Da'Rel Scott: 1 target, 1 reception, 8 yards, 8 YPC
Larry Donnell: 1 target, 1 reception, 12 yards, 12 YPC