The New York Giants didn’t earn much respect from national sports writers for beating the Washington Commanders and New England Patriots over the last few weeks. Their win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, however, seems to have changed things.
The Giants came in at No. 25 this week in our aggregate power rankings, the highest they’ve been ranked since Week 3. Perhaps that’s not such an impressive feat, but just a few weeks ago it seemed as if the Giants were headed for a No. 32 ranking.
Predictably, almost every outlet is talking about Tommy Devito. But more importantly, most writers have identified the Giants as one of the more enjoyable teams to watch right now. There’s something to be said for that considering that New York’s season was mostly over before the bye week.
The biggest victors in this week’s power rankings are the Dallas Cowboys, who beat the Philadelphia Eagles 33-13 on Sunday and rose to first place in the NFC East. They’re now being ranked in the top three by most websites.
Aggregate ranking: 25
Last week: 28
Pro Football Talk (23)
The Giants might not be great, but they’re fun.
FOX Sports (22)
Only San Francisco and Dallas have longer win streaks than Tommy Cutlets and the New York Giants. I don’t know what the future holds for Tommy DeVito, but he’s got the Giants looking awfully frisky with two big games against Philly on the horizon.
CBS Sports (27)
Tommy DeVito is playing some good football. The Giants have won three straight with him as the starter. Amazing.
This game could serve as officiating teaching tape, from the Saquon Barkley fumble to the Malik Heath dropped TD and then the actual Heath TD. It was just one strange play after another in the final five-plus minutes. But DeVito’s heroics and the Giants’ third straight win have put a nice spin on an otherwise-tough season.
Sports Illustrated (24)
What a fun night in New Jersey, huh? What a throw by DeVito to Wan’Dale Robinson to set up the game-winning field goal. DeVito is now just the third undrafted rookie quarterback ever to win at least three of his first four starts. Despite a dagger of a fumble from Saquon Barkley, the Giants—and that Martindale defense—never wavered. How about the way they were slapping footballs out of receivers’ hands in the end zone late in the game? This is a team that doesn’t let up.
USA Today (27)
How is injured milquetoast QB Daniel Jones ever supposed to reclaim his job from Jersey folk hero Tommy DeVito, who’s now won three straight while breathing new life into the locker room?
Bleacher Report (26)
“I love the whole storyline,” said Barkley. “I love that he’s from Jersey, he lives with his parents, and he’s the starting quarterback of the New York Giants. That whole thing is something I’d do in Madden. I would go and draft or pick an undrafted guy and put him on my team and just make him into a superstar.”
It’s not entirely surprising that the New York Giants opted to stick with Tommy DeVito over Tyrod Taylor. The undrafted free agent led New York to its third consecutive win Monday night against the Green Bay Packers, completing 17-of-21 passes for 158 yards with a touchdown. He also added 71 rushing yards on 10 attempts. Yeah, he’s one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far.
Yahoo Sports (26)
I don’t know where the Tommy DeVito story is going, but let’s just all enjoy the fun while it lasts.
New York Post (26)
Chicken cutlets for everyone! Tommy DeVito continued to show he belongs in the NFL, leading the game-winning 57-yard drive for Randy Bullock’s walk-off field goal in a 24-22 upset of the Packers. Wan’Dale Robinson’s three gains of 25 yards or longer set up three scoring drives and Saquon Barkley rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns, surviving a rare lost fumble.