The New York Giants fell to the Detroit Lions on Monday Night, 24-10. New York is now 0-2, with a long 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 cpme out at No. 21 when you aggregate the various lists. They are as high as No. 15 on Bleacher Report and as low at No. 29 on SB Nation. Here is an aggregation of all of the rankings and the explanations.
SB Nation (No. 29)
Yahoo (No. 23)
While there will be plenty of criticism for Ben McAdoo’s play-calling and the offense in general, it might be a different game Monday night if Brandon Marshall doesn’t drop a pass that hit his hands down the sideline. It was 17-10 early in the fourth quarter at that point. A catch by a wide-open Marshall gives the Giants first down in Lions territory. Instead he dropped it, and the Lions returned a punt for a touchdown two plays later.
SI.com (No. 18)
Last Week’s Rank: 17 (tie)
Points in MMQB Power Poll: 223
Highest-Place Vote: 10th
Lowest-Place Vote: 24th
Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Detroit, 24-10
Week 3 Opponent: at Philadelphia
NFL.com (No. 24)
What was the turning point? Eli Manning's leading Evan Engram by negative-2 yards (pick), Matt Prater's field goal doink from downtown? Brandon Marshall's unexpected (expected) drop? The Lions' subsequent punt-return touchdown? Shane Vereen running a fourth-quarter, fourth-down route a half-yard short of the sticks? The coin flip? New York is 0-2 for the fourth time in the last five years. Ouch.
Bleacher Report/Simms (No. 15)
The first order of business for the New York Giants after Monday night's loss is to address the offensive line. I have been a Ereck Flowers apologist, but it's time for me to cut that out. It's been the same issues with him over and over again. He has bad technique, he leans forward too much and he doesn't sink his hips and butt enough in order to handle the pass rush.
The Detroit Lions handled Flowers, and the Giants line in general, with ease. This is likely to be a season-long trend when New York faces good defensive fronts.
Eli Manning played well on an individual level, but he needs protection. His wide receivers could help him a bit more. There were some bad drops by New York pass-catchers in Week 2. At least it was good to see Odell Beckham Jr. back out there, though he isn't 100 percent.
One bright spot was rookie tight end Evan Engram. He looked good and made some plays, including a touchdown reception out of the backfield.
Overall, the Giants defense played well. It just fell victim to the greatness of Matthew Stafford on two early touchdown drives. One of them came on a short drive following an interception. The Giants defense is still legit, it just needs more help from the offense.
USA Today (No. 23)
Seems finger pointing has already begun, including Ben McAdoo calling out besieged QB Eli Manning for poor play. This could get ugly(ier).
NJ.com (No. 20)
No offensive line. No offensive strategy. The coach calling out the quarterback. And a trip to face Philly's pass rush on tap on Sunday.
The Giants look like a team about to implode.
Washington Post (No. 19)
The Giants are 0-2 and the offense is a mess. The offensive line is doing QB Eli Manning no favors and his receivers are dropping too many passes. Odell Beckham Jr. played Monday night against the Lions but only a limited number of plays. Fellow WR Brandon Marshall has been a nonfactor. The Giants have gone eight straight games without reaching 20 points, including last season’s playoff defeat to the Packers. They probably will be playing for their season Sunday in Philadelphia.
ESPN (No. 19)
The offense is struggling right now, but if the Giants can fix their protection issues, Eli Manning could get going quickly. Manning is completing 77 percent of his passes when he isn't pressured this season, and that's without the help of Odell Beckham Jr. at 100 percent. Just give it (and Eli) time.
CBS Sports (No. 22)
The offensive line is killing this team. They have a survival game this week at Philadelphia.
What do you think, Giants fans? Is No. 21 to after an 0-2 start right?