Saturday, November 6, 2021

New York Giants Week 9 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: 25.6 (26th)
  • Best ranking: 24th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 27th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the Giants in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Biggest Achilles' heel: Pass rush

Forget about sacks. The Giants' defense can't even get consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks without a high-end edge rusher. The team entered Monday night 24th in the NFL with a 25.2% pressure rate, per NFL Next Gen Stats. It has prevented this defense from repeating its success from last season and is the Giants' biggest weakness. -- Jordan Raanan -- Rank: 25

The Giants are so injury plagued that you start to wonder if Joe Judge broke a mirror while walking under a ladder with a black cat this summer. Big Blue entered a prime-time matchup versus the Chiefs missing Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Kenny Golladay (hip). By the fourth quarter, they were without Sterling Shepard (quad) and Dante Pettis (shoulder). Patrick Graham's defense kept New York in the game, but you're not going to beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead -- even this slumping, troubled version of the defending AFC champs -- if you score just 17 points. The Giants will eventually get many of their key players back on the field, but they've dug a hole that will be difficult to escape.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

The defense played a heck of a game against the Chiefs, but it wasn't enough. They didn't do enough on offense against a bad Chiefs defense.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

They've lost nine in a row under the prime time lights, somewhere they'll appear just one more time in 2021 barring an unforeseen flex.

The Athletic -- Rank: 27

How's the head coach? If you were watching the ManningCast version of "Monday Night Football," you heard Peyton Manning's primary criticism of the Giants: Joe Judge burning timeouts way too early in the first and second halves. Manning was right, and questionable game management isn't a new issue for Judge. But his excuse is new. Judge said after Monday's loss that the Giants have had issues with their headsets almost all season. Doesn't Judge, who at 39 qualifies as a geriatric millennial, have any Gen Z staffers in the building who can fix this?

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