We've finally reached the break in the New York Giants' season. Let's take a look at what the NFL looks like after a weekend that saw upset after upset.
As usual, these rankings are BBV originals. We're taking into consideration record, division standings, and a general sense of where the team could be headed in the coming weeks. We've also included each teams' odds of making the playoffs, according to TeamRankings.com
1) New England Patriots (9-0, 100.0%)
2) Carolina Panthers (9-0, 100.0%)
3) Cincinnati Bengals (8-1, 99.5%)
4) Arizona Cardinals (7-2, 94.0%)
5) Minnesota Vikings (7-2 85.1%)
6) Denver Broncos (7-2, 95.7%)
7) Atlanta Falcons (6-3, 67.8%)
8) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4, 47.6%)
9) Seattle Seahawks (4-5, 35.1%)
10) New York Giants(5-5, 38.9%)
11) Green Bay Packers (6-3, 87.8%)
12) Buffalo Bills (5-4, 39.5%)
13) Oakland Raiders (4-5, 6.0%)
14) New York Jets (5-4, 37.0%)
15) Chicago Bears (4-5, 5.3%)
16) Miami Dolphins (4-5, 12.5%)
17) Washington Redskins (4-5, 16.7%)
18) Kansas City Chiefs (4-5, 56.3%)
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5, 3.6%)
20) Indianapolis Colts (4-5, 67.8%)
21) Houston Texans (4-5, 29.4%)
22) Philadelphia Eagles (4-5, 47.7%)
23) St. Louis Rams (4-5, 9.3%)
24) New Orleans Saints (4-5, 5.7%)
25) Dallas Cowboys (2-7, 2.2%)
26) San Francisco 49ers (3-6, 0.5%)
27) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6, 5.8%)
28) Baltimore Ravens (2-7, 1.2%)
29) Tennessee Titans (2-7, 1.2%)
30) San Diego Chargers (2-7, 0.6%)
31) Detroit Lions (2-7, 0.4%)
32) Cleveland Browns (2-8, 0.0%)
Yes, the Giants are still in the top 10. And even though the cavalry is down to Prince Amukamara and a good tape job for Weston Richburg, there are reasons to be not-despondent.
First is the return of Prince. Hosley played better than anyone expected he would as a starter in Prince's absence -- don't forget, just three months ago, most fans wanted his him gone in the first round of cuts -- however Prince is just better. He's bigger, good to great in coverage, and one of the best run defending corners in the NFL.
Next are the additions of Jason Pierre-Paul and Jasper Brinkley to the defense. Brinkley has been one of the best 43 linebackers in the league since becoming a starter, and JPP is showing that he can still be "JPP". Since these two joined the defense, the Giants have nearly tripled the amount of pressure they've generated in just two weeks.
Finally, the bye week is hitting at just the right time. At this point in the season, even the "healthy" members of a football team are beat up. A week of rest and treatment will help considerably. It also gives the team a chance to step back, take a breath, and look at what they have -- and haven't -- done this year and come back with renewed focus. This is a team that, for all its faults, took the undefeated Superbowl Champions down to the closing seconds. They played a team that was supposed to blow them out and beat them for much of the game. They proved that they can hang with anyone.
The question heading into their bye week is if Tom Coughlin can use the near-miss of a world-shaking upset to galvanize the team down the stretch.