The New York Giants were blown out on Sunday by the Los Angeles Rams 51-17, falling to 1-7 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 10 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. 26 on SB Nation and as low at No. 31 on NJ.com. Here is an aggregation of all of the rankings and the explanations.
SB Nation (No. 26)
Yahoo (No. 30)
Ben McAdoo clarified on Monday that Eli Manning is still his quarterback. That’s no surprise. McAdoo knows that playing out the rest of the season with Geno Smith or Davis Webb pretty much ensures the Giants get even worse and McAdoo will be fired earlier rather than later. But it’s what will come after the season with Manning that will be interesting (I wrote about the Manning conundrum here in Week 9 Winners and Losers).
SI.com (No. 30)
Last Week’s Rank: 28
Points in MMQB Power Poll: 47
Highest-Place Vote: 26th
Lowest-Place Vote: 31st (5)
Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. L.A. Rams, 51-17
Week 10 Opponent: at San Francisco
NFL.com (No. 31)
At 1-7, the season is over. So, what do some folks on Twitter do? Throw more blame at Odell Beckham Jr., of course! I must admit, I wondered why Beckham couldn't tackle Robert Woods on that third-and-33. He really needs to hustle on that play. And why can't he get Todd Gurley down near the goal line? You know what? Beckham should've never gone on that boat trip.
Hey, several folks have pointed out that OBJ gets too much blame. I'm not the first. But it does get ridiculous. At least not too many fans were forced to witness the full force of 51-17 in person.
Bleacher Report/Simms (No. 30)
Last Week's Ranking: 29
The crap has hit the fan for the New York Giants
Do you believe me now that the Odell Beckham Jr. is the Giants offense? I never thought he should have played without a new contract this season because of the injury risk. Now that he's out for the year, the Giants are learning just how valuable he is.
Without Beckham, the Giants cannot move the ball with any consistency. They don't have a go-to target aside from Evan Engram, and for as useful as Eli Manning can be at times, he doesn't often elevate the talent around him.
Defensively, New York still has talent. However, the Giants haven't been making the kind of game-changing defensive plays they did a season ago. The 2016 Giants had an elite defense, which allowed them to stay in games when the offense wasn't clicking. This defense isn't elite and has been one of the biggest disappointments in football this season.
With just one win so far, there's a chance the Giants finish the year 2-14 or 3-13. If we see that, we're also likely to see wholesale changes in New York.
USA Today (No. 30)
Maybe Ben McAdoo should just suspend Eli Manning ... that would make it a lot easier to justify getting rookie QB Davis Webb into the lineup.
NJ.com (No. 31)
Washington Post (No. 30)
Did the Giants quit during Sunday’s lopsided defeat to the Rams? It’s a valid question. But it’s very, very difficult for anyone not in that locker room to know. Either way, it was a very bad look and it provides further evidence that Coach Ben McAdoo is having some serious issues. At least McAdoo is staying with Eli Manning as the starter at QB. There’s no good reason to sit him. It’s doubtful that Manning’s successor is in the fold at this point and his two Super Bowl triumphs with the franchise should buy him the opportunity to finish out this miserable season on the field and with his professional dignity intact to whatever extent remains possible.
ESPN (No. 30)
2017 record: 1-7
Week 9 ranking: No. 30
Preseason ranking: 11. The Giants have taken the biggest fall since the preseason edition of these rankings, but you can't really blame Eli Manning. The Giants have the highest drop rate, rank 27th in rushing yards per game and rank 29th in points allowed per game.