Odell Beckham Jr. up, Trevin Wade down in Giants' loss to Saints

Manning, Brees earn game balls (1:34)

Eli Manning and Drew Brees, who combined for 13 passing touchdowns, earn game balls for the Giants' loss to the Saints. (1:34)

NEW ORLEANS -- A look at New York Giants players who were "up" and those who were "down" in the team's 52-49 loss to the Saints on Sunday.


QB Eli Manning: He threw for six touchdowns on 30-for-41 passing to go with 350 yards. He passed Joe Montana and Vinny Testaverde to move into 10th place all-time with 276 touchdown passes. For the second game in a row and the fifth time in eight games this season, he did not throw an interception. There wasn't a lot more the Giants' quarterback could have done to win this one. It's not his fault the opposing quarterback had seven touchdowns and 511 yards.

WR Odell Beckham Jr.: It's amazing what a full week of practice can do. Fully healthy for the first time in three weeks, the New Orleans native lit up his homecoming with eight catches for 130 yards and three touchdowns. He caught two short ones early in the game on slants at the goal line after the Giants couldn't run the ball in, then he caught a 50-yarder in the third quarter. When the ball is in Beckham's hands, there's nobody more exciting.

RB Rashad Jennings: It was a throw-the-ball game, so the Giants only rushed 21 times. But Jennings got 10 of those carries and averaged 5.4 yards. He also had two catches for 31 yards. The Giants looked as though they wanted to rotate backs, with Jennings getting the first drive, Andre Williams the second and Orleans Darkwa the third, but Darkwa hurt his back and had to leave the game, Williams had 7 yards on five carries and Jennings looked as good running the ball as he has all year.


CB Trevin Wade: Pick a defensive player, and put him on this list. But Wade, who is playing the nickel corner spot a lot these days, was a guy Drew Brees felt he could pick on, and he targeted Wade early and often. Wade was part of a widespread coverage problem, as the Giants broke down on way too many Brees dropbacks. To be honest, Wade is probably better suited as a backup, so it's tough to pile on him, but he had a rough day.

LB Jon Beason: Unable to play because of an ankle injury, Beason was inactive for the third time this year. As a result, the Giants had to use the overmatched combination of Jasper Brinkley and Uani' Unga at middle linebacker, which of course contributed to the coverage issues Brees was able to exploit.

DE Damontre Moore: After a roughing-the-passer penalty in Week 6 got him benched for Week 7, Moore was back and active Sunday because of the injury to Owa Odighizuwa. He was called again for roughing the passer. He didn't seem too contrite about this one. "At the end of the day, my job is to sack the quarterback, and I felt like I was there," Moore said. "I was just going hard and trying to do what I do."