New York Giants Hakeem Nicks Out for 3 Weeks: Can G-Men Stay in Contenion?

Philip LombardoCorrespondent INovember 22, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants tries to break the tackle of Dimitri Patterson #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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After the Giants devastating loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night, it has just been announced that Hakeem Nicks will be out for two or three weeks with leg swelling.

Nicks has been a catalyst for the Giants this season, catching 62 passes for 800 yards and nine touchdowns through 10 games.  His body control, crisp route running and ability to run after the catch has turned him into the biggest offensive threat for New York and, quite possibly, the best receiver in the NFC.  He leads the G-Men in touchdowns and is their top target in the red zone, with his size XXXXL hands and tremendous strength to ward off defenders.

The injury to Nicks, although not season ending, could dramatically affect the outcome of Big Blue's 2010 season.  With Steve Smith already out nursing a chest injury, losing Nicks further hinders the leagues seventh best passing offense and lessens the versatility of the offense as a whole, especially inside the opponents 20 yard line.

New York has been the model of a consistent offense, but all the injuries to the offensive line and wide receiving corps have really been detrimental to the team's production with the ball.  The defense has been as good as it gets, but if the offense continues to struggle with a plethora of players injured, will the Jints be able to secure a spot in the playoffs?

It is going to take a valiant effort from guys like Mario Manningham, Derek Hagan, Duke Calhoun and Kevin Boss to pick up the slack and make sure the Giants can put some points on the board for the next few weeks.  Hopefully, Smith comes back within the next week or so and Nicks can return the same as before his injury.

For now, Tom Coughlin is going to have to rely a little more on the run and maintain a little balance. These next few weeks qualify as "do or die" for Big Blue and could very well determine the fate of the remainder of the 2010 season.