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NFL power rankings, Week 14: Giants hold steady during bye week

The Giants are still near the bottom

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The New York Giants had a fairly uneventful bye week, and as such they haven’t moved an inch in this week’s installment of national power rankings.

But even though the Giants’ ranking hasn’t changed, most writers are getting snarkier than ever in their analysis of the team. Sportsnaut has declared that the Giants’ future outlook is “one of the bleakest” in the NFL now that a top-two draft pick seems unrealistic. USA Today says all that’s left in New York’s season is for them to get “steamrolled” by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sports Illustrated is the outlier, with Conor Orr ranking the Giants at No. 25 and giving them a legitimate chance to beat the Green Bay Packers this Monday.

The Giants will need to keep that game close to avoid falling back to the very bottom of the power rankings. If they can’t command respect while on a two-game win streak, things could get even uglier once their schedule gets a bit more difficult.

Many of the blurbs below were written before head coach Brian Daboll’s announcement on Tuesday that Tommy DeVito will be the Giants’ starting quarterback next week. Tyrod Taylor is expected to be activated off injured reserve in the coming days, but he’ll be Devito’s backup for at least one game.

Aggregate ranking: 28

Last week: 28 (28)

The return of LT Andrew Thomas has given the team a lift, but it hasn’t resulted in a huge offensive boost, and DeVito is still being sacked every five dropbacks or so. The Giants would love nothing more than for RT Evan Neal to show something down the stretch. He’s been a liability at times when he’s played and seems like a possible candidate to kick inside if he doesn’t improve as a pass blocker on the edge.

ESPN (28)

Pleasant surprise: QB Tommy DeVito

The narrative after DeVito’s first career appearance (against the Jets) was that the undrafted rookie was an ineffective passer and the Giants didn’t trust him to drop back and sling it. Look at how that has changed. DeVito has thrown six touchdown passes and one interception in his three starts, two of which were victories. “He’s played only a few games and has a long way to go, but he’s got the right mindset. He’s done a good job,” coach Brian Daboll said. Not bad for a player who had to earn his way onto the practice squad this summer. — Jordan Raanan

FOX Sports (28)

Tyrod Taylor is coming back from injured reserve, and I assume he’ll eventually return to the starting role. But I’ll be honest, I’m kind of hoping Tommy DeVito gets to make one last start for his hometown team.

Sports Illustrated (25)

Riding a post-bye high that includes a reported 1,200% spike in Tommy DeVito jerseys, the Giants are on a path to destroy the Packers on Monday Night Football this week. O.K., maybe not, but who is going to say with any degree of confidence that the Giants won’t keep it close?

CBS Sports (28)

They come off the bye with Tommy Devito fever a real thing. But with Tyrod Taylor practicing, how much longer can it last?

Yahoo Sports (29)

Tyrod Taylor seems to be close to a return, but why change from Tommy DeVito? After a horrid start, DeVito has been much better. If Devito crumbles down the stretch, it’s not like he’s costing the Giants a playoff spot. And maybe the Giants will find they have something in the 25-year-old.

Pro Football Talk (27)

They’re finding a way to make a disaster somewhat less disastrous.

Pro Football Network (29)

The Giants just want this season to end, even after winning consecutive games. The Commanders’ defense let Tommy DeVito light them up, but that’s not an outcome the Giants can count on in the waning moments of the season.

New York’s best bet is to gear up for next season, draft well, and fill their massive offensive holes, particularly at wide receiver and on the offensive line.

Sportsnaut (27)

Coming out of the bye week, the New York Giants no longer have a realistic path to a top-two pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. That means another year of Daniel Jones only at a far heftier price tag. It’s a big part of the reason for all the teams near the bottom of our power rankings, New York’s future is one of the bleakest.

USA Today (29)

Christmas has arrived early, Big Blue set for a fifth prime-time game Monday night against Green Bay. And when Christmas actually rolls around, the G-Men will be back in an exclusive late-afternoon window to get steamrolled by Philadelphia. Rejoice.