The Giants head into Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens with a 2-3 record that could have very easily been 3-2 if Eli Manning had not thrown that inconceivable interception against the Redskins and could even be 4-1 had Will Tye reeled a touchdown pass that was all but given to him against the Packers on Sunday night.
With all the offseason changes, they are still settling into their skin as a team. So who have been the core players thus far? A good barometer is to look at the snap counts through five games:
Defense - 285 total snaps
Janoris Jenkins, 282 - 99%
Jason Pierre-Paul, 280 - 98.3%
Landon Collins, 280 - 98.3%
Olivier Vernon, 268 - 94%
Jonathan Casillas, 219 - 76.8%
Notes: Casillas leads the team in tackles with 41, Collins is second with 37. JPP and Vernon have each only recorded one sack so far but have eight QB pressures, which puts them in the top 10 in the NFL in that category. Jenkins leads the club with two INT.
Offense - 268 snaps
Eli Manning, Justin Pugh, Ereck Flowers and John Jerry, 268 - 100%
Odell Beckham Jr., 267 - 99.6%
Sterling Shepard, 256 - 95.5%
Victor Cruz, 256 - 99.5%
Weston Richburg, 253 - 94.4%
Notes: The best part of this is that Eli and most of the offensive line has been healthy in the early goings this season. The downside is that they haven't performed up to snuff. The three wideouts are the team's top three in receptions this season. The numbers aren't what they could be, however.
A Deeper Look
The Giants were 4-for-13 on third down conversations Sunday night in Green Bay. Their yearly average for 2016 is 37.3%. Pretty bad, right? Think again. They are far from the bottom - 22nd overall in the NFL in that category to be exact.
Conversely, the Giants have struggled to stop opponents on third down, permitting 7.4 conversions per game.
When it comes to fourth down conversions, the Giants are 0-for-3 this season.
The Giants held the football for only 23:22 minutes Sunday night, which is becoming the norm. They average 26:21 minutes of possession time per game, good for next to last in the NFL. Only Miami (24:04) is behind them.
Over the past three weeks, the Giants are averaging just 59.3 offensive plays per game.
For those claiming that the Giants are killing themselves with penalties, statistics show a different story. They are the 11th least-penalized team this season, averaging 6.4 penalties per game. Their average last season was 6.4. But, they have been averaging 8.3 penalties in their last three games, all of which have been losses.
The Giants finally made their first interceptions of the season Sunday night when CB Janoris Jenkins picked off Aaron Rodgers twice. They are still -7 overall this season in turnover ratio. Their turnover margin per game is -1.4 per game, 29th in the league. Last season, they had a fourth-best ratio of +0.4 per game.