The New York Giants had a Week 8 bye and currently sits at 1-6. 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. 29 when you aggregate the various lists. They are as high as No. 25 on SB Nation and as low at No. 29 on ESPN. Here is an aggregation of all of the rankings and the explanations.
SB Nation (No. 25)
Yahoo (No. 29)
The Giants should be one of the most active teams at the trade deadline, as they try to get assets for the future and open up spots for younger players to get a shot. The also don’t have a lot of tradable contracts, though NJ.com suggested cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as one.
SI.com (No. 28)
Last Week’s Rank: 29
Points in MMQB Power Poll: 94
Highest-Place Vote: 13th
Lowest-Place Vote: 30th (3)
Last Week’s Result: bye week
Week 9 Opponent: vs. L.A. Rams
NFL.com (No. 29)
Another home game coming out of the Week 8 bye -- with another good NFC West team coming to town, after the Week 7 loss to Seattle. Maybe the Giants will display a (massively) better offense this time around, although it might not be any easier against the Rams. After a rough start to the season, Los Angeles defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has his boys playing much better ball. L.A. has been shutting teams down ever since the second half of the Week 4 game in Dallas. For the Giants to win, Eli Manning must take advantage of a Rams secondary that has given up more than a few big plays. Big Blue's defense has been harangued for its drop-off from last season, but fielding a stout D gets a bit harder when your offense is just mixing and matching punts and turnovers.
Bleacher Report/Simms (No. 29)
The New York Giants are a disappointment. There's no sugar-coating it. Offensively and defensively, the team has been lacking.
The Giants defense hasn't been the dominant unit we saw in 2016. That defense was capable of winning games on its own. This one hasn't been. Offensively, New York doesn't have enough creativity to keep opposing defenses off-balance.
Obviously, losing guys like Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall has left the Giants with few playmakers on offense. Those injuries and the simple scheme are a season-killing combination—especially with the defense underwhelming.
USA Today (No. 29)
At least they're consistent. After Sunday, New York was 27th in total offense, 27th in total defense, 27th running ball and 27th stopping pass.
NJ.com (No. 29)
Suck for Saquon? As the Giants come back from the bye week, all eyes will be on the upcoming offseason and future.
Washington Post (No. 29)
The Giants will return from their bye week and play the remainder of their season because, well, NFL rules pretty much require that. But is there anything that can actually be accomplished? At this point, it’s all about what the future will hold for GM Jerry Reese, Coach Ben McAdoo and QB Eli Manning.
ESPN (No. 29)
2017 record: 1-6
Week 8 ranking: No. 29
2017 record: 1-6
Eli Manning has lost Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshallas targets. Outside of rookie tight end Evan Engram, Giants players have combined to catch 50 percent of passes the past two weeks for 6.3 yards per reception.