Giants making people believers
With the New York Giants now on a four game winning streak after shocking the Seattle Seahawks on the road, people around the NFL are starting to respect Big Blue a little more.
As you can see below, the Giants have shot up in this week’s NFL power rankings.
….Spurred on by a strong defense, the Giants have now peeled off four straight wins to assume control of the division. And on Sunday in Seattle, the G-Men did something that no team in the division had all season long: beat a team with a winning record…
I think this is a spot where the Giants belong. They are behind teams like the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens and that makes sense for now. They still need to knock off the likes of the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens to earn more respect.
Entering the season, the Giants’ defense was supposed to be the team’s Achilles’ heel. With four weeks to play, the unit has revealed itself to be New York’s greatest strength. The D had its finest moment on Sunday in Seattle, frustrating Russell Wilson and Co. in a 17-12 win that kept New York atop the NFC East. The players deserve much credit, as does head coach Joe Judge and the rest of his staff. But let’s give Dave Gettleman his due here, as well. The embattled GM made deft free-agent pickups like Logan Ryan, James Bradberry and Blake Martinez, and he pulled the trigger on trades that netted Leonard Williams and Jabrill Peppers. Each of these veterans has been an impact contributor, and they all played their role in Sunday’s huge upset. Arrow up in the Meadowlands.
I just can’t agree with the Giants being behind teams like the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings. NFL.com doesn’t have the Giants high enough this week.
Peppers has been playing the best football of his career in recent weeks. If he continues to play at this level over the final four games, it should lead to a big payday. The Giants will have money to spend, and using it on an ascending 25-year-old makes a ton of sense. Peppers is currently in the final year of his rookie deal and has the fifth-year option looming. — Jordan Raanan
ESPN also seem to be sleeping on the Giants a little by only moving them up to 20 while they’re behind the likes of the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders. All teams they would defeat right now.
CB James Bradberry has been one of this year’s best free-agent signings, currently tied for the league lead with 16 passes defensed.
Like Bleacher Report, USA TODAY have given the Giants the respect they deserve. I do believe if win their next four games or even three out of four they will likely find themselves in the top-10.