The New York Giants ended the 2020 season with a 6-10 record after defeating the division-rival Dallas Cowboys in Week 17. They finished in second place in the NFC East behind the 7-9 Washington Football Team.
Aggregating seven rankings from around the Internet, the Giants come out to an average ranking of No. 24 in the 32-team NFL at the end of the 2020 season. This is just one below the Giants’ No. 23 spot heading into the final week of the regular season.
Let’s check out what outlets around the league are saying about the Giants at the end of the regular season:
CBS Sports (Prisco): No. 22
Joe Judge had a solid first season, but this team’s growth will be all about Daniel Jones at quarterback. He likely has one more season to prove he’s the guy.
NFL.com: No. 25
Daniel Jones is coming off a disappointing second season, but you’re not hearing the Giants mentioned much in speculation surrounding veteran quarterbacks on the move. Perhaps that’s by design as part of a stealth, seek-and-acquire plan by GM Dave Gettleman, or — and this isn’t nearly as exciting — Big Blue still believes in Jones and wants to see him on the field with a healthy Saquon Barkley and an improved supporting cast in 2021. To be fair, a strong case can be made for either option.
ESPN: No. 25
Wide receiver. Tight end. Edge rusher. Cornerback. The Giants need help at all those premium positions, whether it be in free agency or the draft. Owner John Mara and general manager Dave Gettleman even admitted after the season they needed to find “playmakers” this offseason. Let the hunt begin.
Bleacher Report: No. 22
A 2020 season that saw the New York Giants wind up with the 11th overall pick was actually a success for first-year head coach Joe Judge. It’s shaping up to be an important few months for the G-Men. New York has just $1.1 million available in salary-cap space, but the team needs to figure out a way to bring back defensive lineman Leonard Williams after a breakout campaign. For Jones to take a step forward in 2021, his protection has to get better. The NFC East is there for the taking—and the team that makes the best use of its offseason resources will have a big leg up on the competition.
USA Today: No. 25
DL Leonard Williams was probably their best player in 2020, but can New York afford to franchise him again given how much the offense needs?
Sporting News: No. 23
The Giants could shoot up to be an NFC playoff team, but that’s all dependent on much better offensive health and a true breakout season from Daniel Jones. Their strengths still lie defensively for now.
NBC Sports: No. 24
The Giants improved just enough to cost themselves a top 10 draft pick. Now they need to hope a quarterback like Justin Fields falls or they’ll have to trade up.