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NFL power rankings 2016: Free agency moves Giants up a few notches

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Hey, a little progress is better than no progress.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Winning free agency doesn't necessarily mean you will win more games the following season. Over the years, we have seen plenty of teams go crazy in free agency, then go kaput on the playing field. Will that happen to the New York Giants, the biggest spenders of all in free agency, next season?

We have no way to know, of course, until the season begins and the results of the games come in. Until then, all we can do is speculate, and one way to do that is by looking at post-free agency NFL power rankings. Two major ones were updated this week, with both ESPN and CBS Sports indicating that the Giants have, at the very least, put themselves in a better position to have a chance at success.

CBS ranked the Giants at No. 14, up five spots from before free agency. Pete Prisco writes:

They spent big to try and fix the defense, which was a smart thing. New coach Ben McAdoo has to be thrilled they did.

ESPN also moved the Giants up, although just incrementally. In the ESPN rankings, the Giants risen from No. 21 in a post-Super Bowl ranking to No. 19. Better, but still not good. ESPN writes:

Can the Giants' spending spree fix the defense? Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison cost $105 million guaranteed and will look to improve a defense that allowed the third-most points last season.

There remains much work to be done, and March NFL power rankings are virtually meaningless. Stil, it gives us another small indication that analysts do like what the Giants have accomplished thus far in the McAdoo era.