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NFL Power Rankings, Week 5: Uh-oh! Giants starting to get some respect

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The Giants are movin' on up!

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Rob Carr

Through the first three games of the 2014 NFL season the New York Giants hovered in the bottom third of most NFL Power Rankings. After a second straight impressive victory, this one a 45-14 Week 4 shellacking of the Washington Redskins, things have begun to change. Whether you think it's a good thing or not, the Giants are beginning to get a bit of respect.

Let's sample some of the power rankings released around the Inter-Google this morning.

SB Nation has the Giants at No. 20, up from No. 27 a week ago.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Giants at No. 16, up from No. 25 last week. He writes:

They've righted things the past two weeks as Eli Manning and the offense have come alive. The line is really playing well.

Yahoo! Sports moves the Giants up from No. 29 to No. 23, albeit somewhat grudgingly:

I guess they're good again? I don't know, but something has dramatically changed in the last two weeks.

USA Today has the Giants at No. 21, up from No. 25 last week.

Newsday has the Giants at No. 14, all the way up from No. 24:

Eli Manning starting to get the hang of the West Coast offense. That's six touchdowns and one interception in his last two games - and that interception would have been a touchdown if Rueben Randle had held onto the ball against Washington.

The Washington Post also has the Giants at No. 14, up from No. 20:

The offense is starting to look like it should. QB Eli Manning is getting more comfortable with the new West Coast scheme; his passes are arriving on time and on target lately. TE Larry Donnell is emerging as a star. It appears the Giants and Cowboys will vie to see which might emerge as the leading challenger to the Eagles in the NFC East.

Yep, respect for the Giants. A little scary, right?