The New York Giants fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, 20-15. New York is now 0-1, with a lot of games left to prove themselves. 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. 22 when you aggregate the various lists. They are as high as No. 19 on USA Today and as low at No. 24 on various websites. Here is an aggregation of all of the rankings and the explanations.
SB Nation (No. 24)
Yahoo (No. 24)
I generally don’t like to move teams too far up or down after one game, because it’s just one game. And sometimes it’s just a bad matchup. If you thought the Giants offense would bounce back this season, I wouldn’t give up that hope yet. The Jaguars defense is going to make a lot of teams look bad.
Bleacher Report (No. 24)
USA Today (No. 19)
NJ.com (No. 22)
A close game vs. a Super Bowl contender is encouraging, but the Giants may have blown their best shot at getting off to a good start this season. The upcoming schedule (at Dallas, at Houston, New Orleans, at Carolina, Philadelphia, at Atlanta, Washington) is brutal before a Week 9 bye.
Washington Post (No. 20)
Rookie RB Saquon Barkley and WR Odell Beckham Jr. were productive against the Jaguars. The defense was pretty good. But the offensive line and QB Eli Manning must be better. The Giants need to pull things together quickly. A bad start, following a 3-13 season, would have the feel of a significant crisis.
ESPN (No. 24)
2018 record: 0-1
Preseason ranking: 23
Saquon Barkley showed flashes of why the Giants made him the No. 2 overall pick in his debut, running for a 68-yard touchdown and totaling 106 rushing yards, the first Giants rookie to reach 100 in a season opener, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. He could have had more if not for a Jaguars defense that hit him at or behind the line of scrimmage on seven of 18 rushes. -- Clawson