Saturday, September 10, 2022

New York Giants Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the New York Giants in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Who's on the hot seat: QB Daniel Jones

I could easily have gone with Saquon Barkley here, considering this year is his last chance to convince anyone he is worth a significant second contract. But Jones is the quarterback, and he had the fifth-year option in his rookie contract declined this offseason. No more excuses, either, as this is his last chance to prove to the Giants that he is their franchise quarterback now that he is working in new coach Brian Daboll's offense. -- Rank: 28

Could the G-Men field one of the league's most improved offenses? Context is important here: New York had perhaps football's most pitiful attack by the dying breaths of the Joe Judge era. The bar to clear is low, and the Big Blue attack possesses some intrigue. Saquon Barkley looked great all summer, Daniel Jones has a proper play caller in new head coach Brian Daboll, and the wide receiver group of Kadarius Toney, Wan'Dale Robinson, Sterling Shepard and Kenny Golladay has potential. (I hesitate to even include Golladay in here because of the wretched details of his training camp, but it would be equally weird to leave him out entirely.) The Giants are knee-deep in a rebuild, but they could be frisky with the ball.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

This season is all about Daniel Jones. If he's good, they will be higher on this list later in the season. If he isn't, he will be on another team next year.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

The good news: Long term, the same adult-in-the-room bump that applies to the Jaguars replacing Meyer with Pederson figures to be at play in the swamplands of North Jersey with Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll replacing Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge. Short term, the Giants have the easiest schedule in the league based on Vegas' projected win totals.

The bad news: The offensive line might still be a mess, and the returns are probably already in on the quarterback, if we're being honest.

Nugget to remember: Since 2000, the Giants have fallen behind with only 22 winning seasons across football and baseball to the Cardinals' 27.

The Ringer -- Rank: 27

The Giants are playing the long game. The team's brass didn't fire Joe Judge and decline Daniel Jones's fifth-year option for first-year head coach Brian Daboll and new general manager Joe Schoen to turn things around right away. They just wanted to stop the bleeding or, at a minimum, stop running quarterback sneaks on third-and-long. That process starts with creating a consistent team-building philosophy and a semblance of culture, similar to what Campbell has achieved in Detroit. Adding offensive tackle Evan Neal and pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux in the first round of April's draft is a start, but the immediate road ahead remains bleak.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 28

Here's Giants general manager Joe Schoen on the Giants' expectations this season, via Fox Sports: "We're just trying to get through today.

"The situation we're in is the situation," Schoen said. "It's the hand we were dealt. We're going to do the best we can."

How's that for some preseason excitement?

PFT -- Rank: 27

It's going to take more than a year to fumigate the roster.

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