WR Hakeem Nicks - New York Giants
|6-3, 212||Born: 1-14-1988||College: North Carolina||Drafted: Round 1, pick 29|
Week 7: vs Seattle Seahawks
FBG says: Bad matchup. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are done for the year, and slot man Sterling Shepard looks at least another week from returning. Last Sunday gave us a glimpse into what Eli Manning and coach Ben McAdoo will look to accomplish with this bare-bones supporting cast. At the top of the list, it seems, is to throw as rarely as possible (just 19 attempts against Denver). Currently devoid of outside playmakers, the Giants will look to lean on their ground game and manufacture downfield play with impressive rookie tight end/slot man Evan Engram. Manning will certainly avoid trying to force the ball to the likes of Roger Lewis in Richard Sherman's coverage. All told, assuming Shepard can't go Sunday, we can't expect any usable numbers beyond Engram. This passing game is simply lost in the woods right now. This unit remains the primary strength of the Seahawks. Shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman still tends to erase half the field from offensive game plans, while ball-magnet free safety Earl Thomas remains a prohibitive presence over the middle and downfield. Coupled with their mega-talented and deep front seven, it's easy to see why they've forced opposing quarterbacks into just 5.40 net yards per attempt and a paltry 4 touchdown passes. Only Aaron Rodgers has found any real success against them: all other passers "boast" an anemic 55.6 passer rating against them. They may not get much chance to flex their muscle in Week 7 - the decimated Giants are likely to again lean on the run and not put their practice-squad receiving corps into the limelight. But the Seahawks' typically-dominant pass defense all but assures we won't be seeing many Giants fireworks through the air.
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|7||vs Seattle Seahawks|
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|9||vs Los Angeles Rams|
|10||@ San Francisco 49ers|
|11||vs Kansas City Chiefs|
|12||@ Washington Redskins|
|13||@ Oakland Raiders|
|14||vs Dallas Cowboys|
|15||vs Philadelphia Eagles|
|16||@ Arizona Cardinals|
|17||vs Washington Redskins|