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Giants 32, Redskins 21: Snap counts, Pro Football Focus scores

Who played well against the Washington Redskins, and how often did they play?

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have their first win of the season. It wasn't pretty. It wasn't perfect, but it was a win.

The Giants came into this game missing some of their best players, relying on backups at a variety of positions to play significant roles. They must have done pretty well if the Giants won, right?

Well, Pro Football Focus doesn't always agree with us on who played well and who played in poorly. Who, then, did PFF like -- and who didn't they like -- in the Giants' first victory of 2015?

Easy E Leads The Way

It's only fitting that the Giants best player in their first victory was the face of the franchise, and the player on whom much of the blame for the team's first two losses fell. Eli Manning was the Giants' highest rated player on offense or defense with a +3.4 from Pro Football Focus. That score was absolutely deserved as Eli Manning played a tremendously efficient, methodical game, punctuated by deep strikes when he got the match-ups he wanted.

Following Eli on the offense was Rueben Randle (+2.1) and Odell Beckham (+1.6). After he was invisible the first two games, Eli Manning made the commitment to get the ball to Rueben Randle. The receiver responded by bursting back onto the scene with a seven-reception, 116-yard, 1 TD night. Randle played all but three of the offense's snaps and we got a glimpse of what the Giants' offense was intended to be.

Want to know how good the trio of Manning, Randle, and Beckham were? Eli Manning was 14 for 16, 195 yards, and scored 2 touchdowns when targeting his top two receivers. That is good for a QB rating of 157.0.

Rounding out the Giants' positively rated offensive players are Geoff Schwartz (+1.5), Daniel Fells (+.7), and Justin Pugh (+.3). Schwartz played well in both pass protection and run blocking, as did Justin Pugh, though a costly penalty knocked his grade out of the green. Daniel Fells continues to be the Giants' most dependable, if unremarkable, option at tight end.

John Jerry (-1.5), Larry Donnell (-1.6), and Marshall Newhouse (-5.2) were -- somewhat unsurprisingly -- the Giants' worst rated players. Jerry was characteristically mediocre in pass protection while being harshly rated in run blocking, while Donnell was uncharacteristically mediocre in run blocking, but graded harshly for his costly drops.

Marshall Newhouse, however, was the goat of the game, grading a -1.4 in pass protection and a scary -3.1 in run blocking.

Shane Vereen was also among the Giants' worst graded offensive players, grading poorly in both running and receiving, but we can probably assume those will both improve.

Giants Won In The Trenches

The Giants, and Giants fans, have to be relieved to see their pair of young defensive tackles, John Hankins and Jay Bromley, leading the way on defense.

We know John Hankins is a stud and one of the most underrated -- in the national media -- defensive tackles in the league. Against the Washington offensive line that had paved the way for the best running attack through the first two games, Hankins scored a strong +2.8 on 55 snaps.

Jay Bromley was arguably even better. On just 26 total snaps, Bromley scored a +2.5, grading well in both pass rushing and run defense. The sophomore from Syracuse is making a very strong case for a starting job.

Devon Kennard made his usual appearance at the top of the Giants' defensive rankings with a +2.0 ranking after an all-around solid game.

But if we want to talk about efficiency, Nikita Whitlock (+2.1) was the Giants third rated defender on all of 9 defensive snaps. How did he grade a +2.1 pass rush grade on 9 snaps? With plays like this:

In the Giants' first two games, the secondary lead the way. The took a back seat to the front 7 this week, but Prince Amukamara made his case -- once again -- that the Giants need to waste no time getting him a contract extension.

However Prince's +2.2 coverage grade wasn't tops for the Giants. No, Jayron Hosley holds the proud distinction of being the Giants' best coverage player with a +2.4 grade. It was wiped out by his -.9 penalty grade, but could the Giants finally be seeing the talent that had draft analysts calling him a steal in the third round of the 2012 draft?

I Am A Leaf On The Wind ...

I want to give Kerry Wynn his own section here, and I think it's time we start nicknaming him "Wash".

For the second week in a row, Wynn graded out at roughly 0.0, with a strong run defense grade almost perfectly mirrored by a weak pass rush grade.

Don't get me wrong, I do like Wynn. He's a big, strong, high effort, high motor player, but he doesn't seem to have the quickness to be a consistent pass rusher. So despite everything he brings in run defense, when you factor in his lack of a consistent pass rush, its a wash.

Snap Inequality

If there is one thing that truly stands out to me on the defensive side of the ball, it is the inequality of snaps. On the defensive front Cullen Jenkins (-1.9) got 56 total snaps, Kerry "Wash" Wynn (+.6) got 60 snaps, George Selvie (-2.2) got 46 snaps, and Jonathan Casillas got a 0.0 grade (strong pass rush grade canceled by a weak coverage grade) on 44 snaps

On the other hand Jay Bromley got 26 snaps and Kenrick Ellis got 0 snaps. J.T. Thomas got a +.5 grade, including a big tackle for a loss, on 14 snaps.

Then there is the enigma of Damontre Moore. The past two weeks, Moore has played a total of four run defense snaps in each game, but 26 and 32 pass rushing snaps (respectively). But in those games he has scored a combined +.3 run defense score and a -1.7 pass rush score. What are the Giants supposed to do here? They obviously don't trust him to defend the run. However, what he is supposed to excel at, he hasn't consistently done well.

This is a problem that the Giants coaches are going to have to figure out. Wynn and Selvie are good rotational players. They can set the edge and occupy blockers for a blitzer, but they aren't going to generate pressure on their own. The Giants have praised Moore's natural aptitude for rushing the passer, now they need to get it jump started.