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NFL power rankings 2016, Week 2: New York Giants up to No. 14

Big jump for Big Blue after season-opening victory

NFL: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Following a season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants have moved up in Week 2 NFL Power Rankings. The Giants are No. 14 in this week’s aggregated NFL Power Rankings after being No. 19 a week ago.

This week we have used rankings from six reputable media outlets to compile our aggregated score. Those individual rankings are below. (15)

Up four spots

Eli Manning didn't fare so well in Dallas most of the afternoon, but as has so often been the case in his 13-year career (can you believe he's been in the league that long?), he completed several clutch passes to deliver a win late at JerryWorld. So different than what came about in last year's opener ... which was also against the Cowboys and also on the road. Unlike last year: No floaters to the cheap seats when burning clock was slightly pertinent. No miscommunication with Rashad Jennings. Nope, simply fourth-quarter football, with Victor Cruz topping it with salsa.

SB Nation (16)

Up from No. 22

I was not giving the Giants enough credit, specifically their defense. Dallas probably should’ve opened up the playbook a little more and not been so conservative with Dak Prescott. Big Blue kept Ezekiel Elliott bottled up and put safety help on Dez Bryant for much of the day. The Cowboys didn’t know how to respond.

Yahoo! (11)

Same as last week

Odell Beckham had a relatively quiet day, with four catches for 73 yards, and 45 yards came on one reception. And the Giants still won on the road against a division rival. That’s a great sign.

ESPN (16)

Up one spot

The Giants held onto a lead and didn't mismanage the clock, so the Ben McAdoo era is already off to a roaring start with a win against Dallas. The new-look defense faced a rookie in Week 1, but Drew Brees threw seven touchdowns against the G-Men last season, and he's coming to town in Week 2.

Washington Post (14)

A late lead actually became a victory. This isn’t 2015 all over again for the Giants.

FOX (13)

Up from 15

It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t exactly pretty, but the Giants topped the Cowboys with a defensive stand on the final drive. New York still doesn’t have the greatest rushing attack, but the wide receivers are among the best units in football. A healthy Victor Cruz certainly helps, and if he remains on the field, the Giants could surpass nine wins.