Perhaps that’s because Sunday’s ugly 10-7 win over the New England Patriots wasn’t particularly inspiring. Still, a few pundits seem to have changed their tune slightly. Sports Illustrated has the Giants at No. 25, the highest any major outlet has ranked them in some time.
The Giants are headed into their bye week with a decision to make at quarterback if Tyrod Taylor is activated from injured reserve.
More importantly for our purposes, they also have two winnable upcoming games that could affect their standing in the power rankings. The Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are both consistently being ranked in the bottom half of teams.
Aggregate ranking: 28
Last week: 29
The Giants finally had a player top 100 receiving yards in a game this season! All it took was 12 weeks and three different quarterbacks. On Sunday, Jalin Hyatt crossed the century mark while catching passes from Tommy DeVito against the Patriots — scenes from August reprised in late November. The two rookies stood tall, helping deliver a second straight victory amid a season of disappointment. Even taking into account the fluctuatons at QB this year, Hyatt’s production has been a bit scattershot, but he can change a game with just a few grabs.
Special teams: 23
The Giants’ offense has been a problem from the jump, when it was shut out in the opener. It really hasn’t gotten much better. It is averaging a league-low 13.3 points per game and onto its third-string undrafted rookie quarterback. But no stat represents its struggles more than the 69 sacks allowed. That is 14 more than any other team. The Giants are 26th in pass block win rate (51.3%) and 31st in run block win rate (68.2%) this season. Combine that with subpar offensive targets and unspectacular quarterback play, and you have the league’s worst offense. — Jordan Raanan
Bleacher Report (28)
“It’s obvious that if there really is a rift between Daboll and Martindale,” Davenport said, “that the latter will be the one leaving—New York isn’t firing the 2022 Coach of the Year, even after this season’s face plant. But it’s a decision the G-Men could come to regret. Martindale is an excellent defensive coordinator beloved by his players, and the defense ain’t the reason the Giants only have four wins this season. If Daboll’s smart, he’ll make an effort to mend fences here—he doesn’t have the resume to go full Napoleon yet.”
FOX Sports (27)
Maybe the Giants are hurting their draft stock in the long run, but we’ll always have this fun stretch of Tommy DeVito memes to think back on. Seriously, though: for the sake of their draft prospects, Brian Daboll had better not get too cute and try to win many more games.
CBS Sports (29)
They won an ugly one against a bad Patriots team, but they’ll take it. The defense is getting better.
Yahoo Sports (29)
Tommy DeVito has played well the past two weeks. He looked horrible in his first two games but it has been a complete turnaround since. That probably says something about Brian Daboll’s ability as an offensive coach. If DeVito continues to play well, he could parlay this stretch into a long career as a backup, and if it’s good enough maybe even get another shot to start.
Sports Illustrated (25)
I think we learned everything we needed to learn about the Giants’ coaching staff after a second straight win with Tommy DeVito under center. Brian Daboll’s methods aren’t perfect. The staff isn’t perfect. No one is going to handle losing in an acceptable manner. But the Giants are ending the season with some momentum, and, hopefully, cementing the faith that Daboll earned a year ago.
New York Post (28)
The Tommy DeVito train keeps rolling. DeVito became just the seventh rookie quarterback in 31 tries to beat a Bill Belichick-led Patriots defense as he threw for a touchdown in a 10-7 win. The defense has totaled nine takeaways in back-to-back wins, so head coach Brian Daboll and coordinator Wink Martindale need to bury their reported tension.
Pro Football Talk (27)
“Fuhgetabout it” sums up this season perfectly.
That’s a win, although, it doesn’t feel like one. The New York Giants offense managed just 220 total yards on 50 plays, needed a takeaway to score a touchdown and hurt their draft positioning which likely means another year of Daniel Jones. Again, it’s a win in the standings but it shouldn’t feel good.