Spoiler alert: The next few paragraphs may be painful, Giants fans.

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, the player general manager Jerry Reese felt was too old to pursue, has been a major factor in the Rams’ 5-2 start, according to LA coach Sean McVay.

“He’s been outstanding,” McVay said Wednesday on a conference call. “He’s been influencing and affecting his teammates in a positive way really from Day 1, since he got in here.”

McVay said the 35-year-old Whitworth, a three-time Pro Bowler, was the Rams’ top free-agent target. When Reese was asked last week about not pursuing Whitworth this offseason, he said, “We want to be a younger football team.”

Choosing to develop Ereck Flowers rather than pursue Whitworth hasn’t worked out so well for the Giants, who have struggled up-front yet again. Whitworth’s age didn’t bother the Rams.

“When you look back at the history of the league, and it’s kind of a little bit different based on finding a tackle with his amount of experience, but I think it’s also important to consider what does the tape look like, what is the production down-in and down-out [look like], how does he take care of himself,” McVay said. “He’s played at a Pro Bowl-caliber level for the last couple of years and been extremely efficient, extremely productive. He takes great care of himself. I think that’s why you see him kind of as the outlier for those tackles that you go pay them the amount of money that you do. But he’s certainly making us right on that decision right now.”