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NFL Power Rankings, Week 2: Giants drop following loss to Steelers

New York has an aggregated power ranking of No. 28 heading into Week 2

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With Week 1 in the books, the New York Giants are off to an 0-1 start after a 26-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football at MetLife Stadium. This marks the fourth season in a row in which the Giants have lost their season opener.

Aggregating seven rankings from around the Internet, the Giants come out to an average ranking of No. 28 in the 32-team NFL. Heading into the 2020 season, the Giants had an aggregated ranking of 27.

Let’s check out what outlets around the league are saying about the Giants heading into Week 2 of the season (and get the worst ranking out of the way first):

USA Today: No. 32

Little to like about Monday’s performance ... unless you’re excited about DL Leonard Williams exceeding his half-sack 2019 total.

CBS Sports (Prisco): No. 29

They showed some good things on offense, but they don’t have the defense to match up against good offenses. The Giants will be feisty all season, but they are at least a year away.

ESPN: No. 29

Best rookie debut: LT Andrew Thomas

Well, that was a welcome-to-the-NFL evening for the No. 4 overall pick. Thomas got to face a ferocious Steelers defense, and that included plenty of snaps against the dangerous Bud Dupree. Thomas had some good and bad moments. It wasn’t a disaster, but it wasn’t an overwhelming success. What’s certain is that there will be plenty for him to learn from his first NFL game.

Sports Illustrated: No. 25

The Giants were overwhelmed by the Steelers for much of Monday night (Saquon Barkley rushing 15 times for 6 yards gives you some idea) but I thought Daniel Jones showed some promising signs.

The Ringer: No. 28

Sporting News: No. 27

The Giants are excited to have their offense at full strength for Jason Garrett, but their defense, despite the pickups of Blake Martinez and James Bradberry, is made to be picked apart in transition.

NBC Sports (Chicago): No. 28

The Giants aren’t pushovers, but they also aren’t good. Saquon Barkley had just six rushing yards on 15 carries, which is hard to explain, even against the Steelers.