With all eyes on them Monday night, the Indianapolis Colts solidified their claim as the league’s number one offense with a 40-24 assault on the New York Giants. Colts QB Andrew Luck employed 9 different receivers in the win that featured 2 former G-Men- Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks. The former ran 7 times for 50 yards and had 3 receptions for 29 yards while the latter caught 3 passes for 44 yards as the Giants fell to 3-5 in a division that requires a whole lot more Ws than Ls.
Nicks, a key member of the Giants’ 2011 Super Bowl winning squad, met up with his old teammates, saying “I got to visit with those guys before the game and after the game. It was all love. It was good, but during the game it was football. There are no hard feelings with any of those guys over there. I won a Super Bowl with those guys, so there will never be any hard feelings. Getting back out there was good today and being able to get this win was great.”
Nicks, the anti-Iverson, described the performance as “lights out football” and was not surprised with the victory, saying “That’s what we practiced. We practiced hard and it converts over to the game. We just looked at it like we had to keep on pushing, keep on pushing and we came out on top.”
In terms of his own role, Nicks said “…that was just me playing within the schemes of the game. I do what’s called and try to show up and get open.” Instead, he was quick to credit his quarterback, saying “Andrew does a good job at sorting the things out before and getting us to the right place, so I think he did a great job at that.” Praise for his team didn’t stop there as Nicks said “I think that’s a credit to the whole team, the play calling, the offensive line… We play together as a team. At any given moment, we feel like guys can step up and make plays. That’s what we just do, and when your number is called go and step up and make that play.”
He was “definitely” satisfied in beating his old team but was particularly happy by “playing within the scheme.” And concluded with “I felt good. I showed up when I was called on and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”