Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Defenses aren't to blame for Hakeem Nicks' lack of TDs

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If Sunday’s game comes and goes with out New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks finding the end zone, it will be his first NFL season without scoring a touchdown. There has been some shock that one of the Giants best receivers hasn’t scored a touchdown yet.

On the season, Nicks has 54 catches for 846 yards, a solid season but he hasn’t found the end zone. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said, when asked, that defenses weren’t necessarily playing Nicks differently in 2013 and to blame for the lack of touchdowns.

“No, not at all,” Gilbride said,via the New York Daily News. “There’s been opportunities. It’s unfortunate. It just hasn’t worked out. Am I surprised? Yeah, no question.”

Quarterback Eli Manning said it just hasn’t worked out, but he is hopeful they can connect in the season finale and end the scoreless drought.

“We’ve had a few opportunities to hit some of the one-on-one stuff,” Manning said. “That’s kind of the way it’s turned out, and hopefully we can fix it this week.”

Fortunately they’re playing one of the league’s worst pass defenses when they take on the Washington Redskins in the season finale. The Redskins rank 22nd against the pass allowing 249.3 yards per game.

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