Hakeem Nicks set for Carolina homecoming

The Giants and Panther collide in a game of two teams who desperately need a win. For Hakeem Nicks, this is a homecoming he is going to enjoy.

It's no surprise that the New York Giants are 0-2 heading into week three against the Carolina Panthers. The Giants offense has given some poor performances and continues to make careless errors.

One of the big reasons the Giants were unable to reach the playoffs last season was because of the sloppy play and substantial amount of turnovers by the offense, especially from quarterback Eli Manning.

Manning has showed no signs of curing his turnover problem. No. 10 has dished out seven interceptions to opposing defenses during the first two games of the season. If Manning continued on that pace, he would be predicted to throw 56 interceptions during the 2013 campaign. That would be well over George Blanda's 1962 total of 42 interceptions.

Although Manning has struggled, Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride is not worried about his All Pro quarterback.

One thing is for sure, the wide receivers have been fun to watch. Victor Cruz has returned in his usual dominant form and Hakeem Nicks has been impressive during the early parts of the season.

Nicks has hauled in nine catches for 197 yards during the first two weeks for Big Blue. Nicks believes the unproven Giants can turn around and return to their old form as the kings of the NFC East.

"First things first, it's got to start on the practice field," Nicks explained. "I thought we had a nice practice today but we have to go out and have that translate over to the games. It's not the start that we wanted, but it's still early in the season. We've seen teams turn around plenty of times; we can't just bank on that though. We have to go out and perform."

There are a lot of other teams in the 0-2 position, including this week's opponent, the Panthers. Both teams are hungry because they do not want to fall into a 0-3 position, which is hard to climb out of.

"We're 0-2, too, so we're desperate, too," said Nicks. "In my eyes we want to win, too, just as bad as them, so we're going to go out there and play hard and the best team is going to win."

The Giants headed into week three of the 2007 season with two straight losses in the hands of the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. That year Big Blue went onto defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

This is not unfamiliar grounds for Tom Coughlin and his Giants team.

For Nicks, he is having a homecoming and is relaxed although his team has struggled. It should be a heated matchup between two teams who desperately need a win.

"Yeah that's home for me, so it's going to be a good one," Nicks said. "I look forward to it. I have a lot of family that are going to be there to support me, so it should be fun."

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