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NFL power rankings, Week 4: New York Giants tumble after loss

Giants fall to No. 17 in aggregated rankings

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Washington Redskins v New York Giants Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The New York Giants have taken a tumble in NFL Week 4 power rankings following Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins. In our aggregated rankings the Giants come in at No. 17 overall.

The high-water mark this week is No. 13, from SB Nation. The low mark is No. 23 in the Sagarin rankings.

SB Nation (No. 13) LW: 9

Sagarin (No. 23) LW: 21

Washington Post (No. 18) LW: 9

When the Giants found ways last season to lose games they should have won, the culprit generally was their defense. And while the defense wasn’t blameless in Sunday’s defeat to the Redskins, it mostly was QB Eli Manning who failed to deliver in crunch time. (No. 16) LW: 13

What-was-he-seeing-there style picks from Eli Manning on Sunday. For years, the Manning apologists have explained away his three seasons leading the league in picks. Statistically speaking, bad luck can lead a quarterback to pacing the league in interceptions. But three times? The last turnover was the game-decider, when it seemed Manning didn't catch Su'a Cravens roaming over the middle. Next week the Giants visit Minnesota. Remember that matchup last year? Don't.

Yahoo! Sports Shutdown Corner (No. 14) LW: 12

Losing Shane Vereen to a triceps injury isn’t ideal. Rashad Jennings is already dinged up. Orleans Darkwa isn’t bad but he’s also not going to replace Vereen, a fine receiver out of the backfield. The Giants will have to rely on Eli Manning too much if their running backs fall apart.

FOX Sports (No. 16) LW: 11

There’s no question the Giants suffered a disappointing loss against the Redskins, but divisional matchups are always expected to be tough in the NFC East. The defense came back down to earth, and Eli Manning committed too many turnovers. The running game will now be without Shane Vereen -- which certainly hurts -- but getting Rashad Jennings back will ease the burden.

USA Today (No. 16) LW: 10

Their expensive new defense has played much better so far, but four sacks and one turnover aren't sufficient number of splash plays.