Saturday, December 26, 2020

New York Giants Week 16 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: 22.4 (T-21st)
  • Best ranking: 19th (
  • Worst ranking: 24th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Giants in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

Wish: Some offensive creativity. This has little to do with Colt McCoy and their Week 15 loss to the Browns and more to do with what we've seen all season. Daniel Jones did not take a step forward, and the Giants under offensive coordinator Jason Garrett rank 30th in EPA per snap. The offensive talent is not great, but there's been no evidence that Garrett is capable of giving them an edge. Overall, Year 1 under Joe Judge has been positive, but Judge needs to determine this offseason how to get more from the offense in 2021.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

They are still alive in the NFC East, but they need to win this week at Baltimore and get help. That won't be easy.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

They're averaging 12.3 points in four games since their Week 11 bye ... bad even by NFC East standards.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Most underrated star: LB Blake Martinez

Martinez's impact can't be measured by statistics, even though those are pretty good. He's tied for fourth in the NFL with 128 tackles to go with eight tackles for loss, five QB hits, an interception and two forced fumbles. Martinez is an extension of defensive coordinator Patrick Graham on the field. He gets the Giants lined up in the right defense and is the centerpiece of it all. It's no coincidence that the Giants' defense has gone from being ranked 25th to being 12th in the span of a year. Their middle linebacker, though not a star, has been integral to their success. -- Jordan Raanan -- Rank: 19

Joe Judge coached on Sunday night with an almost admirable level of desperation. Injuries took away his quarterback (Daniel Jones), while COVID-19 designations sidelined his top cover man (James Bradberry) and offensive coordinator (Jason Garrett). So Judge opted for fourth-down gambles in two first-half red-zone trips against the Browns, hoping to steal points and put New York in position for the upset. Sadly, these cowboy maneuvers only make a coach look good when they work. Both plays ended in failure (the first on a fake-field-goal throw by punter/holder Riley Dixon that went incomplete, the second with Wayne Gallman being stuffed at the Cleveland 5), and Big Blue never really threatened after that in a 20-6 loss. New York hasn't scored 20 points in a game in over a month. That's not going to cut it, even in the NFC East.

Previous update: New York Giants Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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