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NFL Week 5 power rankings: Giants no longer a bottom-feeder

Let’s see where they stand this week

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NFL Week 5 power rankings show a pretty consistent view of the New York Giants. All seven of the rankings we use this week show the Giants between Nos. 21 and 25.

Sporting News (Iyer) — No. 23

Daniel Jones didn’t play as well in his second start, but he got some real help from Wayne Gallman doing his best Saquon Barkley impression. The Giants’ defense is not as lost as we thought, either.

Fansided (Baxter) — No. 24

Back-to-back victories within the conference now has Shurmur’s team back at .500 after that dreadful 0-2 start. Perhaps the most encouraging thing to come out of Sunday was the play of the Giants’ defense, which kept Washington under wraps despite the fact that New York had its own problems hanging onto the ball.

Football Morning in America (King) — No. 24

The news is good with Daniel Jones, certainly, and if the defense could be trusted, the Giants would be higher than 25. A rising quarterback means you’ve always got a chance, in every game. But my guess is the next five weeks will confirm the Giants are playing for a brighter 2020: Minnesota, at New England, Arizona, at Detroit, Dallas.

Yahoo! Sports (Schwab) — No. 24

The Giants’ next two games are against the Vikings and at the Patriots. If Daniel Jones (who is likely to be without Saquon Barkley both games, but we’ll see) plays well and leads a win in even one of those games, the hype machine will get out of control.

USA Today — No. 25

Return of WR Golden Tate from suspension should be quite a lift for rookie QB Daniel Jones with Vikings, Patriots defenses on deck.

ESPN — No. 25

FPI chance to make the playoffs: 3.0%

How to increase their playoff chances: Keep trending in the right direction. Daniel Jones has done wonders for the Giants’ offense. He now gets Golden Tate back this week and Saquon Barkley in the not-too-distant future. The offense, which has averaged 24.5 points per game in Jones’ two starts, is going to need to steal them some games. It’s not anywhere near as crazy as it sounded a couple of weeks back, especially with the defense only allowing six points in the past six quarters.

CBS Sports (Prisco) — No. 21

Daniel Jones is 2-0 as the Giants starter. Now he faces his first big-time challenge on the other side of the ball in the Minnesota Vikings.