WR Odell Beckham Jr.: He was targeted on 35.3 percent of Eli Manning's throws and made nine catches for 142 yards, including a dazzling, diving, 21-yard touchdown catch that cut the lead to 20-14 in the fourth quarter. Beckham is clearly the best player on the field when the Giants play, and he was one of a very few bright spots Sunday. Washington's banged-up secondary contested a lot more balls than the Giants expected them to, but Beckham was able to make his plays nonetheless. Former Giants cornerback Will Blackmon felt he had good coverage on the touchdown but that Beckham just happens to be the only receiver in the league who could make that catch.
TE Will Tye: When Manning needed a target in the fourth quarter, he found Tye, who ended the game with 74 yards on six catches. The undrafted rookie out of Stony Brook was by no means perfect, and had a drop or two here and there. But with Larry Donnell (neck) out indefinitely, the Giants need someone to play tight end. And if Manning is starting to trust Tye on key drives, that could be a benefit.
P Brad Wing: Hey, what do you want? There wasn't much to like about this one from the Giants' end. Wing's seven punts averaged 50.4 yards gross; three ended up inside the 20 and one from the Washington 39-yard line would have been perfect if Dwayne Harris' big toe hadn't been on the line when he downed it at the one.
QB Eli Manning: No, the interceptions weren't all his fault (though he did admit the one in the end zone was), but Manning was 26-for-51 and was a big reason the Giants looked so out-of-sorts in the first half. He was 3-for-11 with three sacks and three interceptions on third down. The three interceptions were one more than he'd thrown in his previous four games combined. They were a season high, and the most he's thrown in a game since he threw five on Nov. 16 of last year against the San Francisco 49ers. He'd never admit that losing three starting interior offensive linemen made him uncomfortable in the pocket, but it sure looked that way.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul: He showed promise in his first game, three weeks ago against rookie Bucs tackle Donovan Smith. And he played all right two weeks ago against the Patriots' backup tackles. But against Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams on Sunday, Pierre-Paul was fairly invisible and didn't make an impact in the pass rush. He's still getting comfortable playing with his damaged right hand, and he admits "it's a process."
RBs Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Orleans Darkwa: There is no Giants run game. They gained 33 yards on 13 carries. Jennings had six of the carries and only 14 of the yards. The Giants continue to rotate running backs in the hopes that someone performs well enough to merit more regular carries, but no one's even come close. Obviously, the offensive line injuries matter here too, but it's not as though they were running the ball when all of their linemen were healthy, either.