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New York Giants' roster power rankings: Rating the Giants from 1-53, Week 13

Kenny Phillips brings down Aaron Rodgers
Kenny Phillips brings down Aaron Rodgers

Here are the New York Giants' roster power rankings heading into Week 12 of the 2012 NFL season. The highlight this week? A huge jump for Kenny Phillips.

1. Eli Manning -- Yes, he's elite. Next question. LW: 1

2. Jason Pierre-Paul -- Impacts games even without great numbers. Much of the reason why Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka and other Giants' linemen get one-on-one matchups is all the attention JPP receives. LW: 2

3. Ahmad Bradshaw -- Every time I want to knock the guy down, he comes roaring back.

4. Victor Cruz -- Still not looking like the Cruz of last year. LW: 3

5. Hakeem Nicks -- Not anywhere near 100 percent yet, but showing a ton of heart and making an impact. LW: 6

6. Antrel Rolle -- Played well Sunday, and don't underestimate the importance of his willingness to embrace the slot cornerback role. LW: 7

7. Will Beatty -- Surrendered his first sack of the season Sunday night. LW: 4

8. Linval Joseph -- A fairly quiet night Sunday, but the Giants used a lot of NASCAR packages and three-man fronts with blitzers coming from all angles. LW: 5

9. Chase Blackburn -- Two tremendous games in a row for Blackburn. LW: 11

10. Lawrence Tynes -- Geez, the week I pick Tynes for my Fantasy Football Pick 6 squad the Giants kick just one field goal. LW: 8

11. Chris Snee -- Had his best game in a while, as did the entire offensive line. LW: 11

12. Kenny Phillips -- This is a huge jump for Phillips, but it reflects not only how well he played Sunday but his value to the Giants' defense. Watching Sunday made me realize how many things the Giants do with Phillips on the field that they don't do when he is sidelined. LW: 31

13. Michael Boley -- If you have been following these rankings weekly you will notice that this drop continues a trend for Boley. Boley had seven tackles on Sunday, but the more I watch the more I wonder if Boley's numbers are somewhat "empty." I have to study Boley more closely, but I'm not convinced right now that he is making a whole lot of "impact" plays. LW: 10

14. Osi Umenyiora -- Had a monster game on Sunday night. He had the strip-sack, three hurries, a hit on Aaron Rodgers and a team-best +5.0 rating from Pro Football Focus.

15. Prince Amukamara -- Here is the number that impressed me. Corey Webster was targeted five times Sunday night, while Amukamara was targeted only once by Green Bay. You think maybe teams are beginning to think staying away from Amukamara (62.8 passer rating against in 48 targets) and throwing at Webster (103.2 passer rating against in 66 targets) is a good idea?

16. Justin Tuck -- In an up-and-down year for Tuck, Sunday was an "up" performance. No sacks, but he did a hit on Rodgers and a hurry

17. Stevie Brown -- Was relegated to obscurity Sunday in the three-safety package, though his role was important. Brown patrolled the deep center field, allowing Rolle to play the slot and Phillips to press the line of scrimmage. LW: 12

18. Andre Brown -- This is the last time he will appear in our rankings, and that is a shame. LW: 18

19. Martellus Bennett -- With Brown gone his role in the red zone might increase. LW: 15

20. David Baas -- Did a reasonably good job Sunday. LW: 20

21. Kevin Boothe -- For a guy who has never been a full-time starter he is having a good season. LW: 20

22. Henry Hynoski -- Apparently, Manning doesn't want to let Hynoski unveil the Rhino touchdown celebration. LW: 21

23. Corey Webster -- The interception he had Sunday was a great play. Why is it, though, that the big plays allowed in the secondary somehow always seem to involve Webster -- even via blown coverage or, like Sunday, just being flat-out toasted? LW: 23

24. Mathias Kiwanuka -- Finally reminded us on Sunday night of the kind of player he has been throughout his career. LW: 27

25. Chris Canty -- I can't believe he is this low, but he still hasn't played a whole lot. LW: 28

26. Steve Weatherford -- Drops a little only because of the fact that some players simply need to be moved up. LW: 22

27. Sean Locklear -- Admit it, many of you privately cheered when you saw No. 75 replace No. 66 at right tackle Sunday night. LW: 30

28. David Diehl -- Back on the shelf with a burner. LW: 26

29. Rocky Bernard -- Played really well at the beginning of the season. More of a spare part now. LW: 25

30. Domenik Hixon -- Did not play Sunday due to injury. Should be higher than this, but has just one catch since the Week 8 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. LW: 24

31. Rueben Randle -- A nice touchdown catch, but also his first bobbles returning punts. Randle has clearly surpassed Ramses Barden in the receiver pecking order. LW: 33

32. David Wilson -- With Andre Brown down for the year, this ranking had better go up. LW: 36

33. Bear Pascoe -- Back as a regular part of the offense, and his presence has to be one reason the blocking looked better. LW: 37

34. Jayron Hosley -- With Phillips back and Brown entrenched, his playing time suffered. He was on the field for 13 defensive snaps. LW: 29

35. Mark Herzlich -- Played some on the strong side with Kiwanuka on the defensive line. LW: 39

36. Tyler Sash -- The Giants survived having him replace Kenny Phillips at the end of the game. LW: 42

37. Will Hill -- Played 12 snaps on defense. I didn't even really notice. LW: 38

38. Justin Tryon -- Helped contain Randall Cobb Sunday in punt coverage. LW: 41

39. Zak DeOssie -- He's probably too low here, but he's a long snapper. LW: 40

40. Spencer Paysinger -- Good work on specials this week. LW: 35

41. Ramses Barden -- The Giants needed a third receiver, and that was Rueben Randle. Barden didn't even play as much as Jerrel Jernigan, and he's pretty much useless on special teams. LW: 34

42. Travis Beckum -- Looks nice in his uniform. LW: 42

43. Adrian Tracy -- If Mathias Kiwanuka is going to play on the defensive line, Tracy will never play. LW: 47

44. Jacquian Williams -- At this point I'm wondering if the Giants are just going to go ahead and put him on IR. LW: 43

45. Keith Rivers -- Seems to have no real role at this point. LW: 47

46. Jerrel Jernigan -- Not only active Sunday, but played more snaps than Ramses Barden -- granted it was only 3 to 1, but it is noteworthy. LW: 50

47. Marvin Austin -- Inactive against the Packers. LW: 46

48. David Carr -- LW: 48

49. Jim Cordle -- LW: 48

50. James Brewer -- LW: 51

51. Adrien Robinson -- LW: 52

52. Adewale Ojomo -- LW: 53

53. Selvish Capers -- LW: Unranked