Thursday, September 16, 2021

New York Giants Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 28.0 (T-27th)
  • Best ranking: 27th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 30th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Giants in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Top rookie: OLB Azeez Ojulari

Ojulari registered a sack and three tackles in 34 defensive snaps -- more snaps than the other five rookies combined -- in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. He had his ups and downs in his NFL debut. First-round pick Kadarius Toney was on the field for just five plays, and sixth-rounders Gary Brightwell and Rodarius Williams played 22 combined snaps, half on special teams. The Giants' third and fourth-round picks, Aaron Robinson and Elerson Smith, are on injured reserve or the physically unable to perform lists. -- Jordan Raanan -- Rank: 27

Daniel Jones keeps doing it. The third-year quarterback has struggled with inconsistency throughout his short NFL tenure, and we saw more of the same in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Broncos. Jones moved the Giants well at times, connecting on a handful of downfield strikes against a Denver secondary that's notoriously stingy when it comes to surrendering chunk plays. But the game turned late in the third quarter, when Jones scrambled inside the Denver 15 and lost the football as he went to the ground. The resulting turnover short-circuited a promising drive and pretty much sealed Big Blue's fate. Jones is good until he's not ... and that's the problem.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

The heat is already on this front office and coaching staff. The first game was a not a good look for Joe Judge and company and now they play on a short week to turn it around.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

QB Daniel Jones coughed up the ball for the 40th time. Joe Judge tossed away timeouts. RB Saquon Barkley isn't himself (yet). Even the defense stinks. Otherwise, everything is fine for a team that hasn't crept above .500 since 2016.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Overreaction: So Saquon Barkley's back, but Daniel Jones was the team's rushing leader with 27 yards, and Barkley got 2.6 per carry. The Giants got a meaningless touchdown as the game ended to make the score a little kinder. They also gave up 165 yards on the ground. Can you write them off in this division already? -- Auman

Reality check: Barkley's return was a dud, but if I'm the Giants, I'm more concerned about getting shredded by Teddy Bridgewater. Rough start heading into a short week. -- Jones

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