Wednesday, September 20, 2023

New York Giants Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 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 3 roundup for the New York Giants in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

Player: RB Saquon Barkley
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

The Giants and Barkley failed to agree on a long-term deal this offseason. He is currently playing on a revised franchise tag that provides him the opportunity to make up to $11 million. And now after Week 2, Barkley is dealing with a right ankle sprain that is expected to sideline him for three weeks, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Giants also have another franchise tag to potentially use at their disposal again next year. Barkley's admittedly in a tough spot. -- Jordan Raanan -- Rank: 28

Through their first 90 minutes of football this season, the Giants were outscored 60-zip by their opponents, putting them in serious danger of occupying the 32nd slot on this list. Over the next 30 minutes against Arizona, the Giants outscored the Cardinals by 23, giving them one of the biggest comeback wins in franchise history. Big Blue hadn't overcome a 21-point deficit since the 1940s. But the triumphant vibes were short-lived; Saquon Barkley suffered an ankle injury after fueling the rally with two second-half scores. It's a game the Giants probably felt they had to have, given the short turnaround for Thursday's matchup in San Francisco -- after all, 0-3 starts and playoff berths are rare dance partners.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

That was a miraculous comeback against the Cardinals to avoid an 0-2 start. But now they face a tough game Thursday against the 49ers on the road.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

They're lucky to be 1-1 after salvaging a win in Arizona. They're not so lucky to be headed to San Francisco on a short week, which will likely be the first of several without injured RB Saquon Barkley (ankle).

The Athletic -- Rank: 27

After six scoreless quarters to start the season (the Giants' slowest start since 1934, according to NFL Network), Daniel Jones threw for more than 250 yards, rushed for more than 50, threw multiple touchdowns, rushed for a touchdown and didn't have a turnover, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to do that in a second half, according to OptaSTATS. Of course, now Giants fans have to hold their breath to see if Saquon Barkley's ankle is OK.

FOX -- Rank: 26

Credit to them, they got the win. But how impressed are we supposed to be by the Giants frantically rallying to overcome a 21-point deficit to Arizona? Daniel Jones was amazing after halftime, but how did the Giants fall into that hole in the first place? And now Saquon Barkley is dealing with an ankle injury after a big day. It's better than 0-2, but it's hardly encouraging.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 24

The Giants had a great comeback win. Daniel Jones was really good in the second half. It's also impossible to give the Giants all the credit for the second half without acknowledging the errors they made in digging a 28-7 hole to Arizona. It's better to be 1-1 figuring things out than 0-2, but the Giants need to be a lot better. And it will get tougher with running back Saquon Barkley out a reported three weeks with an ankle injury.

PFT -- Rank: 13

Disaster avoided. Or maybe it's just disaster delayed.

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