This time Hakeem Nicks couldn’t complain that the ball wasn’t being thrown in his direction. But his quarterback sure could’ve complained that Nicks couldn’t hang onto the ball.

One week after having just one ball thrown to him Nicks was thrown to nine times on Sunday. But he caught just three passes for 33 yards and got his hands on at least three others. Several times he tried to one-hand the ball leading to speculation that he was still feeling the effects of a dislocated finger.

But Nicks said his finger wasn’t an issue at all.

“No” Nicks said. “I should’ve come down with those. You know me I don’t make no excuses. I should’ve came down with them. They expect me to and I expect myself to. But it didn’t go like that.”

With OG Chris Snee (hip) and C David Baas (neck) sitting out Jim Cordle started at center and James Brewer took over for Snee at guard. Early on the Giants’ rebuilt offensive line actually held up fairly well; one week after being sacked seven times Eli Manning wasn’t taken down once in the first half.

But the unit struggled in the second half surrendering three sacks to the Chiefs who entered the game with a league-leading 15 quarterback takedowns.
“I thought up front they did some good things” Manning said. “I thought they competed. I feel like we have some more work to do.”

At the end of Dexter McCluster’s 89-yard punt return for a touchdown the Chiefs’ return man taunted the Giants by mimicking the Victor Cruz salsa dance. Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe also did the same thing later in the game after he caught a 34-yard TD pass.
Cruz didn’t sound happy about it after the game when he said “I couldn’t care less. Next question.” Later he appeared to tweet about it when he said “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.”