Aggregating seven rankings from around the Internet, the Giants come out to an average ranking of No. 23 in the 32-team NFL entering Week 13. New York jumped up five spots from two weeks ago when it headed into the bye week at No. 28.
With a win over the Bengals, the Giants improved to 4-7 overall and currently sit at first place in the NFC East. They have a tough test coming up on the road against Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks.
Let’s check out what outlets around the league are saying about the Giants heading into Week 13 of the season:
USA Today: No. 22
Just as they assume first place in lowly NFC Least, QB Daniel Jones hurts a hammy. Backup Colt McCoy hasn’t engineered a win since 2014.
Bleacher Report: No. 22
Thanks to big games from running back Wayne Gallman and tight end Evan Engram, the New York Giants squeaked by the Cincinnati Bengals to move to 4-7 and take over first place in the NFC (L)East. However, they may have lost their starting quarterback for the time being.
Sports Illustrated: No. 23
The Giants are in first place in the NFC East, which ought to count for something. It seems awfully unlikely that they can stay there if Colt McCoy plays for an extended period of time, but then you look around at everybody else …
ESPN: No. 26
In order for the Giants to win the division and make the playoffs they are going to need to beat the Cowboys in Week 17. There is no way around it. The Giants are going to have a hard time over the next four weeks when they face four teams (Seattle, Arizona, Cleveland and Baltimore) with a winning record, beginning with the Seahawks in Week 13. That likely leaves the matchup with Dallas, which has beaten them seven straight times, as an absolute must-win.
NBC Sports: No. 25
The Giants are in first place in the NFC East after barely beating the Bengals 19-17. Yes, you read that right. The 4-7 Giants would be the No. 4 seed in the NFC playoffs and host a wild card game if the season ended today.
Sporting News: No. 22
The Giants are in first place in the NFC East after surviving the Bengals but there should be concern going forward over the health of Daniel Jones, a QB reliant on his mobility. At least the defense and running game are stronger support.
New York Post: No. 21
The first-place Giants have relied more on their running game and an improved defense to win three straight games following a 1-7 start, and they’ll need both to be even better with Colt McCoy likely standing in for Daniel Jones for at least one game. Next: Sunday at Seattle