The New York Giants fell to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, 27-22. New York is now 0-5, with essentially no road to make the postseason. With the NFL Power Rankings coming out on various platforms this morning, let’s see where the Giants fall.
We went through 10 different site’s power rankings and the Giants came out at No. 28 when you aggregate the various lists. They are as high as No. 27 on Yahoo and as low at No. 31 on SB Nation. Here is an aggregation of all of the rankings and the explanations.
SB Nation (No. 32)
The Giants were already 0-4, but somehow things got way worse Sunday. Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris all suffered season-ending injuries against the Chargers, and Sterling Shepard is day-to-day with an ankle injury.
New York already had a ton of reasons to give up hope on 2017, but the world’s worst wide receiver luck could negatively impact the franchise beyond this year too. Who would’ve thought it would be way easier to be a Jets fan in New York this year?
Yahoo (No. 30)
You have to wonder what’s going through Eli Manning’s mind. He’s 36, stuck on a team going nowhere this season, playing behind a bad offensive line, without Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and perhaps some other injured receivers too. Oh, and it certainly seems like a coaching change is possible after the season, if not during the year. It doesn’t seem like an enjoyable way to spend one of the few NFL seasons you have left.
SI.com (No. 29)
Last Week’s Rank: 27
Points in MMQB Power Poll: 82
Highest-Place Vote: 20th
Lowest-Place Vote: 31st (2)
Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. L.A. Chargers, 27-22
Week 6 Opponent: at Denver
NFL.com (No. 30)
Down Sterling Shepard. Down Brandon Marshall. Down Dwayne Harris. Then the Giants lost Odell Beckham Jr. while needing to make a fourth-quarter drive to win. Yeaaaaaah, not really where Eli Manning wanted to be in terms of game situation Sunday. Fans are already calling for Big Blue to move on. Not even Phil Simms or a 28-year-old Eli Manning would've easily pulled a game-winning drive out of a hat while playing without almost every WR on the depth chart. Manning didn't play well. This season hasn't been his finest. But calm down.
Bleacher Report/Simms (No. 30)
Last Week's Ranking: 28
It's officially a disaster for the Giants. New York is winless after five weeks and in all likelihood lost Odell Beckham Jr. for the season to a fractured ankle. I've been saying all year that Beckham shouldn't play on on his rookie contract this season, and this is why.
I'll say this: The Giants had better do right by Beckham when drawing up his contract. They need to do so before next season.
The offensive line wasn't horrible Sunday. It did open up some holes in the run game, and it provided time for Eli Manning to get a couple of long throws down the field. This just isn't an offense that is going to consistently move the ball down the field. New York relies on the big play, and that's going to be difficult with Beckham now out.
Defensively, the Giants have been a disappointment. There's talent there, but we have yet to see a game where the defense has dominated. That's why New York is winless and why wins are going to continue to be hard to come by.
In addition to losing Beckham, the Giants lost Dwayne Harris (fractured foot) for the year and saw Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard go down with injuries. Matching points is going to be difficult.
USA Today (No. 31)
Eli Manning could use a big, reliable target who could restore winning attitude. We suggest Aaron Judge, who's about to have lots of free time.
NJ.com (No. 30)
From 11-5 to 0-5. The Giants talked openly about making a run deep into January and to the Super Bowl during the offseason and preseason. Over the next four weeks, dates with the Broncos, Seahawks, Rams and a bye week will commence. Don't be surprised if this franchise goes winless into mid-November and posts its worst season since a 4-12 finish in 2003.
Washington Post (No. 30)
The season is as done as it gets. The Giants are winless. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are out for the remainder of the season as part of a severe shortage of WRs. It’s amazing that it has come to this. But now thoughts turn to the fallout. Will Coach Ben McAdoo’s job be safe? And would the Giants use a top draft pick on a QB even if Eli Manning isn’t ready to retire? The answers here are yes and maybe.
ESPN (No. 31)
2017 record: 0-5
Week 5 ranking: No. 30
0.5 percent chance. A 0-5 start has dropped the Giants to a less than 1 percent chance of making the playoffs. If you think the offense has been bad so far, just wait to see what we'll be saying after they play back-to-back games against the Broncos and Seahawks without Odell Beckham Jr.
CBS Sports (No. 30)
They are 0-5, and their best player, Odell Beckham Jr. is lost for the year with a leg injury. Now they go to Denver to play a good defense. Changes are coming after the season, right?