Nicks under more scrutiny in contract year

Hakeem Nicks' contract status is not a distraction as he gets ready for a critical Week 8 match-up versus the rival Eagles.

For the first time this season, the New York Giants have a chance to put together a winning streak when they face the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday in Week 8. Although the Giants fell to the Eagles back in Week 5, there is still the opportunity for New York's offense to put up big numbers against a Philadelphia pass defense that has allowed over 300 yards per game this season.

In Week 5, the Giants gained 330 yards through the air despite losing to the Eagles 36-21.

"I think it was just a lot of one-on-one outside," said wide receiver Hakeem Nicks about how New York was able to throw on Philadelphia. "We were just taking advantage of everything they shot at us, everything they gave us. We just did a good job with it."

Nicks has been hot-and-cold this season. He has a pair of 100-yard receiving games, but also three games in which he failed to accumulate even 40 yards. That kind of inconsistency might be concerning to Nicks as he prepares to hit the free agent market at the end of the season.

"I don't feel like my game is too much different from what it's been in the past," said Nicks. "People are just putting more significance on it due to what kind of year it is for me, they just put a little more emphasis on that. I think I'm still playing the game the way I've been playing it."

"Every game doesn't always go your way but you just have to keep punching, keep fighting and eventually in the end you will come out on top."

Even the best wide receivers have the occasional game in which they are not a huge part of the offense, but Nicks could significantly raise his stock in the eyes of the Giants and other prospective suitors with a big game on Sunday. The injury issues of 2012 seem to be a thing of the past and Nicks is poised to take advantage of a soft Philadelphia pass defense.

"Physically I feel good. I feel real good, no issues, I just want to make sure I stay feeling like this coming up on Week 8 now," said Nicks, "The halfway mark is there."

"We're just going to run our offense according to how coach [Kevin] Gilbride calls it and I think we're going to be good."

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