The New York Giants fell to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, 33-31. New York is now 1-4, with 11 games left to get back on track. With the NFL Power Rankings coming out on various platforms this morning, let’s see where the Giants fall.
We went through seven 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 Bleacher Report and as low at No. 30 in the Washington Post. Here is an aggregation of all of the rankings and the explanations.
SB Nation (No. 29)
Yahoo (No. 28)
The Dallas defense is good, but not that good. The Giants looked like a wreck. The offensive line is bad again, and Eli Manning seems to be constantly concerned about the rush. When he does throw, he still looks like a quarterback in decline, which he was for the two seasons before this one. A lot of work has to be done before the Giants offense is respectable.
Bleacher Report (No. 27)
Last Week: 25
Week 5 Result: Lost at Carolina 33-31
Given how the season started out for the New York Giants, it was hard to imagine how things could get significantly worse for Big Blue. As it turns out, we just weren’t using enough imagination.
The G-Men had this one. They hadn’t played a flawless game by any stretch, but thanks to huge games from Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants had a 31-30 lead late. They were going to get the win on the road. Move to 2-3. Get a little momentum going.
And them Graham “Dream-crusher” Gano hit a 63-yard field goal at the end of regulation that tore out the Giants’ collective heart and showed it to them as it beat one…last…time.
Now the 1-4 Giants, who are a game back of the Jets in the battle to be mocked less by the New York media, have a week to think about that devastating loss before hosting a desperate Eagles team in Week 6.
So far, the Pat Shurmur era looks a lot like the Ben McAdoo era. Eli Manning looks like he’s already halfway retired.
And the Giants look headed for another three- or four-win season.
USA Today (No. 29)
Wherever did an impressionable young player like Sterling Shepard get the idea that such boorish sideline antics were acceptable? Oh, right.
NJ.com (No. 28)
Buzzer-beating losses on 60-plus-year field goals in back-to-back seasons. The Giants aren’t just bad; they are unlucky. Add in the Odell Beckham Jr. drama and this franchise is playing for its season on Thursday night.
Washington Post (No. 30)
It’s not that any of what WR Odell Beckham Jr. said to ESPN was wrong. It wasn’t. But the fact that he chose to come out and say what he said after the Giants gave him a contract that made him the NFL’s highest-paid WR was equal parts provocative and puzzling.
ESPN (No. 28)
Week 4 ranking: 28
Rookie snaps leader: OL Will Hernandez, 248 snaps out of 248 (100 percent). He is one of four Giants to not miss an offensive snap this season, along with Eli Manning, Nate Solder and Patrick Omameh. -- Masi