Coach Tom Coughlin said Hakeem Nicks (abdominal) didn't play in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys because he didn't practice in full this week.Nicks was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday after getting his abdominal strain checked out Wednesday. Of course, players that are limited in practice play on Sundays all the time -- even for Coughlin. It has raised some eyebrows in New York as there appears to be more than meets the eye here. Nicks declined to say anything as he walked out of the locker room Sunday with sunglasses on and hood up. Rueben Randle had three catches for 64 yards while making his first start of the season.
Peyton Hillis was a healthy scratch for the second straight game in Week 12 against Dallas.Hillis has fallen to fourth on the running back depth chart, as Brandon Jacobs is starter Andre Brown's primary complementary back, and Michael Cox is now active to return kickoffs. Hillis can be dropped in 14-team leagues.
Rueben Randle caught three passes for 64 yards in the Giants' Week 12 loss to the Cowboys.Eli Manning only passed for 174 yards, so there wasn't much production to be divvied up among his receivers. Randle's 64 yards led the team. Hakeem Nicks (groin) is tentatively due back for Week 13 against Washington, but if he isn't Randle will be a WR2/3 option in fantasy leagues. Randle's big-play ability showed up Sunday on a 16-yard punt return and 22-yard reception.
Victor Cruz was held to two catches for 27 yards in the Giants' Week 12 loss to the Cowboys.With Hakeem Nicks (groin) inactive, the Cowboys' defense got physical with Cruz at the line of scrimmage and refused to let him beat them. It worked, as Cruz finished with just four targets, lost a fumble returned by S Jeff Heath for a 50-yard touchdown, and the Giants lost the game. Expect Cruz to get back on track in Week 13 against the burnable Redskins defense.
Brandon Jacobs rushed nine times for 75 yards in the Giants' Week 12 loss to Dallas.Jacobs ran through some of the biggest holes you'll ever see against a Cowboys defense missing ILB Sean Lee, but failed to finish the run down near the goal line on his long gain, a 37-yarder. Jacobs hasn't suddenly come back to life. He's a breather back and sometimes-goal-line vulture who's comfortably behind Andre Brown on the depth chart. The Giants face the Redskins next.
Giants WR Louis Murphy caught a four-yard touchdown in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Cowboys.Dallas' defense left Murphy wide open on his red-zone score. The Giants' fifth receiver -- behind Jerrel Jernigan -- Murphy has two catches on the year.
Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan caught two passes for 24 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Cowboys.With Victor Cruz getting boxed out and Hakeem Nicks inactive, Jernigan was the Giants' third receiver against Dallas. He was largely ineffective, catching only checkdown-type passes and running at least one noticeably bad route. The Giants won't be efforting to play Jernigan more after this game.
Eli Manning completed 16-of-30 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants' Week 12 loss to Dallas.The Giants had a lot more success running the football than passing it, but OC Kevin Gilbride never gave up on his passing game for whatever reason. Eli's fantasy owners should be grateful, even if the head-scratching playcalling arguably cost New York the win. Eli takes on Washington's weak defense in Week 13 before one of the most favorable fantasy playoff schedules among quarterbacks. He has a chance at a hot box-score finish.
Brandon Myers caught three balls for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' Week 12 loss to the Cowboys.Myers' touchdown came against a Cowboys defense that obviously lacked awareness as LB Bruce Carter and S Jeff Heath stood idly by while Myers -- who they apparently thought was tackled -- never got touched and danced into the end zone for a 27-yard score. His other two receptions were dump-offs, which is typically how Myers catches passes. He isn't remotely on the TE1 radar.
Andre Brown rushed 21 times for 127 yards and caught four passes for 11 yards in the Giants' Week 12 loss to Dallas.He tacked on a two-point conversion. The only thing missing from the otherwise RB1-caliber performance was a touchdown, but we'll gladly take 138 total yards plus the two-pointer from a running back many fantasy owners claimed off waivers just a couple of weeks ago. The Giants head to D.C. next, where Brown will be a high-end RB2 against the Redskins' sieve-ish run defense.