The New York Giants fell to the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving, 20-10, to drop the Giants to 2-9 on the season. With the NFL Power Rankings coming out on various platforms this morning, let’s see where the Giants fall.
We went through several different site’s power rankings and the Giants came out at No. 30 when you aggregate the various lists. They are as high as No. 25 on SB Nation and as low at No. 31 on Bleacher Report. Here is an aggregation of all of the rankings and the explanations.
SB Nation (No. 25)
Yahoo (No. 30)
Despite their upset over the Chiefs in Week 11, they went right back into a tryptophan stupor against the Redskins on a short week. Any hopes of a second straight playoff berth are officially done.
This week: at Raiders, vs. another fallen playoff team
Bleacher Report/Simms (No. 31)
Last Week's Ranking: 31
We're finally seeing the defense we expected all year long. New York has been pressuring the quarterback, has been stout against the run and has been forcing opponents to execute all the way down the field. The defense wasn't perfect against the Washington Redskins, but it was effective enough for the Giants to win.
No one told me, though, that New York would be bringing a North Jersey high school offense out against the Redskins. The lack of creativity on offense is the Giants' big issue. There's nothing to confuse opposing defenses. That's a problem because the run game isn't dominant, the line isn't strong and Eli Manning is an aging signal-caller.
Hell, the Giants put up 10 points against Washington, but seven (six) of them came from a Janoris Jenkins interception return.
The Giants offense isn't capable of making any big plays unless they're served up on a silver platter. It has never been a strength, though; Odell Beckham Jr. has carried the unit the last couple of years. With him out, we're seeing how bad this team really is.
USA Today (No. 31)
Final five games are against teams with playoff aspirations. But with fewer than 200 yards in two of past five, G-Men may be de facto bye week.
NJ.com (No. 29)
ESPN (No. 30)
2017 record: 2-9
Week 12 ranking: No. 29
The Giants have actually been one of the best defenses in goal-to-go situations this year, allowing a touchdown on only 56 percent of such drives this season, the second-best in the NFL. They've allowed opponents to complete 38 percent of passes and just 0.7 yards per rush in those situations, both second-best in the NFL.
Washington Post (No. 29)
The offense is about as nonthreatening as it gets right now. There isn’t much help for QB Eli Manning. But at the same time, Manning is missing some passes and contributing to the woes. The effort level of Giants players this season isn’t the only indictment of Ben McAdoo’s coaching. He is an offensive-minded coach. And his offense is dreadful, even if injuries are a major part of the problem.