Halftime: Giants 14, Redskins 14

Here are a few quick observations from the first half of the Giants-Redskins game. It's tied up at 14-14 at the half.

MISSING THOMAS? In its first real test without injured starting cornerback Terrell Thomas, the Giants secondary hasn't looked great.

Rex Grossman completed all five of his attempts in the Redskins' touchdown drive late in the second quarter. Aaron Ross, who replaced Thomas after the corner went down with an ACL injury, was burned twice on the drive. First, he let Jabar Gaffney get behind him on a long completion, which put the Redskins at the Giants' 15. Then, he was covering Anthony Armstrong when the receiver hauled in a TD catch in the corner of the end zone.

MANN-ING UP? Eli Manning had an up and down first half. He found Hakeem Nicks for a 68-yard completion down the right sideline, setting up a two-yard TD run by Manning himself. It was the fourth of Manning's career and his first since the 2008 season.

He finished the first quarter completing just 2 of 8 passes but completed all five on a Giants' scoring drive in the second quarter.

HELLO BEAR? Tight end Jake Ballard left the field in the first quarter with a hip contusion. His return is questionable. Travis Beckum (hamstring) was ruled out with a hamstring injury, so the Giants only have one other tight end on the roster - Bear Pascoe. Not sure who steps in if Pascoe gets hurt. How have the Giants responded to Justin Tuck's absence? One first-half sack. Minimal pressure on Grossman.