The Giants are still bad after an ugly first win
The NFL week seven power rankings have been released across the internet and without any surprise at all the New York Giants are near the bottom of the league. Below are the rankings from some of the major sports publications.
NFL.com – 29
The Giants finally have a win, because they found ways to make plays in money time. Late in the fourth quarter, Kyler Fackrell sacked Washington quarterback Kyle Allen, and rookie Tae Crowder (Mr. Irrelevant 2020!) scooped up the loose ball and returned it 43 yards for a score to give the Giants the lead. When Ron Rivera got frisky and went for a game-winning 2-point conversion instead of a PAT in the final minute, the New York defense bowed up and forced Allen into a game-sealing incompletion. It’s not a particularly helpful win for Giants fans in “Tank For Trevor” mode, but forget that. This is a team with a new head coach in Joe Judge and a still-green QB in Daniel Jones. Patience, salty grasshoppers of the Meadowlands.
ESPN – 31
The Giants built their offense around Barkley and had him available for five quarters. His knee injury has put a new coaching staff in a tough spot. The Giants had to sign Devonta Freeman off the street, and he is now their primary back. But he’s not Barkley, who topped 2,000 total yards as a rookie before injuries ruined these past two seasons. The star running back was the only player on the Giants’ roster who would keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night. Now, the offense is limited, which is why the Giants are 31st in offensive efficiency (26.4%). — Jordan Raanan
SI – 29
The Giants finally got off the schneid against Washington, a win they desperately needed. I wouldn’t say their record is deceptive, but they have been competitive in all but one of their games, all of which were against playoff contenders until this Sunday. This middle part of their schedule is much easier than the opening month, and if they can split with the Eagles and beat Washington again, they could be 3–7 and somehow in the NFC East chase on Thanksgiving.
USA TODAY – 31
Though they’re (arguably) the most talented team in – OK, near – New York City, G-Men are outgunned pretty much ever week. But congrats to rookie coach Joe Judge and his troops, who unfailingly compete and saw their effort pay off Sunday.
The Giants are very fortunate because after a tough first four weeks, they are now in an easier part of their schedule. They just played and defeated a bad Washington team and will not play the Eagles and Washington three times within the next four weeks.
I know the Giants are not a great team, but I also don’t think they’re as bad as people think. Their defense is good enough to get to the playoffs, but there offense looks lost at times. I’m not sure if this is because of the loss of star running back Saquon Barkley or the fact that offensive coordinator Jason Garrett isn’t getting the most out of his players. Another issue for Big Blue could be all of the injures they’ve suffered at the wide receiver position as well as the poor job their offensive line has been doing.
The Giants need to take advantage of a depleted Eagles roster this Thursday night and get their second win of the season.