- Associated Press - Monday, September 12, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - A day after saying his offense did almost nothing in a season-opening loss to the Washington Redskins, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin dropped a little more bad news.

Leading receiver Hakeem Nicks suffered a knee injury in the game and was being evaluated on Monday.

Coughlin was not sure about either the extent of the injury or which knee was hurt, but he said the knee was swollen a day after postgame X-rays were negative.

Nicks caught seven passes for 122 yards in the 28-14 loss, including a 68-yard first-quarter reception that set up Eli Manning’s touchdown run.

Coughlin would not speculate on whether Nicks would be available for Monday night’s home opener against St. Louis.

“I don’t know the answer that,” Coughlin said. “They’re checking all that out.”

The Giants could also use a thorough check of their offense after the unit was shut out in the second half against the Redskins, registering four first downs and a measly 102 yards in offense.

Not only didn’t the offense produce, but the Redskins went ahead for good early in the third quarter when Ryan Kerrigan scored on a 9-yard interception return. New York also was 1 of 10 on third downs, 0 for 1 on fourth down and twice failed on short yardage situations in Washington territory.

To make things worse, placekicker Lawrence Tynes had a 38-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter blocked because he didn’t get it high enough.

“We definitely have some work to do to get where we want offensively,” Coughlin said. “I won’t take anything away from the Redskins, they played hard and they did the things they had to do to win the game but I am disappointed in our ability to not take full advantage of what we had.”

In some ways, it isn’t surprising that the offense struggled. Manning and company were inconsistent in the preseason and that’s the way it played out against Washington.

The revamped offensive line missed some crucial blocks, particularly on a fourth-and-1 from the Washington 31 in the third quarter while down 21-14. New center David Baas failed to get a seal block on Rocky McIntosh and halfback Ahmad Bradshaw was stopped for no gain.

“If we would have blocked it the way we should, it would have been an easy first down,” Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee said.

In the fourth quarter with New York still down a touchdown, Bradshaw lost two yards on a third-and-1 from the Redskins 18. Tynes’ field goal attempt was blocked on the next play.

Manning is aware there are some Giants‘ fans ready to call it a season after seeing the team lose to Washington.

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