The New York Giants got shutout by the Carolina Panthers to fall to 0-3 and the bottom of the NFC East. Wide receiver Victor Cruz said that Giants “couldn’t get anything going.” His friend and teammate wide receiver Hakeem Nicks went a different route and channeled his inner Gisele Bündchen, who famously said that Tom Brady can’t throw and catch the passes after a Super Bowl loss.
“It’s part of the game,” Nicks said, via Charles Chandler of the Newark Star-Ledger. “You’ve got to control what you can control. I can’t throw it to myself.”
“That’s out of my hands,” Nicks said.
While Nicks was quick to make that public comment, he apparently chose not to ask quarterback Eli Manning about it when the two talked after the game.
Eli Manning completed a pedestrian 12 of 23 passes for 119 yards, including an interception. He was under duress during the game and was sacked 7 times for a loss of 45 yards. Nicks said he wasn’t aware of what was going on in the backfield while running routes.
“As I’m running routes, I can’t see what’s going on with the line,” he said. “I’ve just got to look at the film to see that, so we’ll know tomorrow.”
The Giants play the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs next week, and the road to their first win won’t get any easier.