Friday, September 25, 2020

New York Giants Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New York Giants rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 29.6 (31st)
  • Best ranking: 28th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 31st (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Giants in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

What we learned: Their kicker's name lends itself to some outstanding announcing puns. With three seconds left in the first half, the Giants set up for a 57-yard field goal. "Graham Gano, Ga-no good!" said CBS' Ian Eagle. It was one of the few highlights from their loss to the Bears. The Giants lost Saquon Barkley to a season-ending ACL injury. Daniel Jones had a pair of turnovers. And yet, thanks in large part to a couple terrific plays by cornerback James Bradberry, the Giants had a chance to steal a win at the end. They had two shots to score from inside the Chicago 15 but came up empty and fell to 0-2.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

Saquon Barkley is done of the year, which means they have little in terms of a running game. That means Daniel Jones will have to do even more. Can he carry this team?

USA Today -- Rank: 31

Despite disheartening loss of RB Saquon Barkley, New York continued to show quite a bit of fight and nearly left Chicago with a victory.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Dion Lewis

Get on that waiver wire and grab Lewis. ASAP. Even if the Giants do sign Devonta Freeman, Lewis is going to play a substantial role. Imagine a plus version of James White in New England with a slightly bigger workload. The Giants trust Lewis in pass protection, and he catches the ball well out of the backfield. They aren't afraid to run Lewis on some early downs, either. He is the best bet to be the Giants' top running back with Saquon Barkley out for the season. -- Jordan Raanan -- Rank: 31

Losing Saquon Barkley to a season-ending ACL tear is nothing short of an organizational disaster. The former Penn State star might be the most talented running back to come into the league since Adrian Peterson; losing him in Week 2 is a season-crusher. Playing with a talent-deficient defense, the Giants already had an uphill fight ahead of them this season. The idea was that a promising Barkley-led offense could act as a concealer for some of the team's warts. But without Barkley? The losses are likely to keep coming.

Previous update: New York Giants Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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