Sunday, January 3, 2021

New York Giants Week 17 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: 25.2 (25th)
  • Best ranking: 23rd (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 27th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Giants in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 27

Leonard Williams, DT: The Giants traded for Williams last season and used the franchise tag to keep him. He ended up having a career year with 8.5 sacks and 25 QB hits and will now be even more expensive. Williams has hit the quarterback on 6.3 percent of his chances, which ranks ninth league-wide and is especially impressive for an interior lineman. It feels like he's been around forever, but Williams will be just 27 at the start of next season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

They are still alive in the division race, which is amazing. They were bad in losing to the Ravens, but win and get help from the Eagles and they are NFC East champs.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Outmanned all season, the G-Men were almost unfailingly competitive through November. But they've lost their last three games by 47 points.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

New Year's resolution: Finally get the offensive line right

This was supposed to be Dave Gettleman's top priority -- the hog mollies. Three years later, here we are. The line is only slightly better. Nick Gates looks solid at center, Shane Lemieux and Matt Peart have potential, but Andrew Thomas needs to develop into a high-end left tackle. His rookie year wasn't overly promising. It's about time the Giants get this right. -- Jordan Raanan -- Rank: 25

The Giants can still take the NFC East on Sunday with a win over the Cowboys paired with a Washington loss to the Eagles, but there's a distinct possibility we've already seen the best of New York this season. The Giants were outclassed in a 27-13 loss to the Ravens, the third consecutive defeat for Joe Judge's team. The offense has been the primary culprit for Big Blue's fade: New York's attack hasn't cleared 20 points in a game since the middle of November. Daniel Jones' ankle and hamstring injuries have played a role in that funk -- he's simply not the same player without his ability to make things happen with his legs. Maybe rest him for the playoffs? (I kid … kind of.)

Previous update: New York Giants Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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