The New York Giants are getting no respect heading into the 2015 season. A quick look at NFL Power Rankings entering Week 1 tells you that. The Giants are ranked in the bottom third of the league by virtually everyone, and it's hard to argue with. Two straight losing seasons and, right now, a defense that still looks like a hot mess. Even Giants coaches and players have wondered if the team is really ready for the start of the season, which is coming in a few days regardless.
Anyway, here is a quick look at the power rankings this week.
Let's just admit that the other football writers around SB Nation don't believe in Big Blue. SB Nation's season-opening power rankings, voted on by bloggers from the various team sites, have the Giants at No. 24. Ouch, guys! Couldn't you have been a little bit nicer?
Then again, a variety of other rankings weren't nice to the Giants, either. Here is a quick summary of some of the updated rankings.
ESPN has the Giants at No. 21:
The Giants' offense could be one of the NFL's best, but the injuries keep piling up on defense. The Giants have already placed four safeties on injured reserve this preseason.
FOX Sports also has the Giants at No. 21:
If Jason Pierre-Paul can make an early season return, it will take a lot of pressure off a secondary that was ravaged by injuries this preseason. Eli Manning will look to build on one his best regular seasons after moving to offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's quick-hitting offensive scheme in 2014.
The New York Post has the Giants at No. 20:
Odell Beckham Jr. always will be must-see TV, and Eli Manning looks comfortable in the West Coast offense, but little else about this injury-ravaged team seems to provide reason for optimism. The secondary and offensive lines are both a mess.
Like I said, very little respect for the Giants. Can they prove the prognosticators wrong? We begin finding out Sunday in Dallas.