By Brad Carroll
There wasn't much positive to come out of the New York Giants' 40-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Monday night. The offense couldn't move the ball until the game was already out of hand, with an offensive line and running game that can't do much of anything right now. The defense was no match for Andrew Luck and the Colts offense, allowing 354 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Nothing went right for the Giants and now they stand at 3-5 after eight games, just a half-game out of last place in the NFC East. The season is far from over, however, as the Giants are two games within a wild card spot, but nobody should be thinking playoffs after this eye-opening loss.
Here are those that deserve Game Balls and more that deserve Game Falls for their performances in the big loss to Indianapolis.
Odell Beckham Jr.: The Giants may have whiffed on Rueben Randle as a potential star through the draft, but Beckham Jr. sure looks like a star in the making. The first-round draft pick caught eight passes for 156 yards against the Colts, the only offensive player to actually have an impact on the game. He averaged 19.5 yards per reception and reeled in a 59-yard pass from Eli Manning.
Peyton Hillis: The backup running back had a solid game, rushing four times for 20 yards and catching five passes for 50 yards. He was the second-leading receiver on the team, which doesn't say much for the Giants offense. But Hillis stepped up when given the opportunities.
Jacquian Williams and Robert Ayers: Williams had a whopping 18 tackles against Indianapolis, including 14 solo. He also added a pass defensed. That's a pretty good day on defense. Ayers had a sack and hit Luck seven times in the game, which is a big number.
Andre Williams: He was a fourth-round draft pick for a reason, meaning he's not ready to be a feature back. Williams, the rookie from Boston College, proved that again Monday, rushing 12 times for just 22 yards, a 1.8-yard per carry average. That's nowhere near feature back numbers. Williams did score a touchdown and caught a 24-yard pass.
Rueben Randle: He had 11 targets but brought in just four passes for 49 yards. That's not at all one would expect from a No. 1 receiver for a team that threw for over 350 yards.
Preston Parker: He had six targets but caught just one pass for seven yards. That seems almost impossible.
Defensive Backs: Prince Amukamara tore his bicep and likely will be lost for the season. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was hurting and finished with just one tackle and was beaten on a 31-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton, where he lost a wrestling match for the ball. Overall, the group was a disaster, allowing 25 completions for 354 yards and four touchdowns. Playing against a quarterback that had thrown eight interceptions in eight games, the Giants didn't create a turnover. In 46 Colts passing attempts, the Giants secondary had three pass deflections.
Tom Coughlin: He was most responsible for the Colts first touchdown of the game, as he failed to get the challenge flag out of his sock in time to review a big pass by Indianapolis. As Coughlin fumbled for the flag, the Colts rushed to the line of scrimmage, ran a quick play, and scored on a 32-yard pass from Luck to Coby Fleener. The Giants defense wasn't ready for the play, seemingly expecting time to be stopped to check the validity of Fleener's previous 21-yard pass before the touchdown play. Coughlin eventually did throw the challenge flag, but it was after the snap, so the touchdown stood. The game was over from there.