Saturday, November 4, 2023

New York Giants Week 9 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 9 roundup for the New York Giants in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Daniel Jones was just cleared to return after missing three games because of a neck injury. Tyrod Taylor was hospitalized Sunday because of a rib cage injury. The Giants' quarterbacks are getting beaten and battered, and the results haven't been positive. New York is last in the NFL at 11.2 points per game, while Taylor and Jones have been sacked 38 times in eight games. It's Jones, who signed a new contract this offseason, that the Giants need to get back on track. He has two touchdown passes and six interceptions in five starts this season. -- Jordan Raanan -- Rank: 30

A day after Tyrod Taylor left the Giants' OT loss to the Jets with a ribs injury, Daniel Jones was cleared to return. That's the one silver lining here, because the Giants have three straight road games coming up, and otherwise, Tommy DeVito might have been set to start at least the first of them. The Giants can hang their hats on a defense that has been vastly improved over the past three games, led Sunday by Kayvon Thibodeaux in a massive performance. He's helped energize the pass rush, but that's a group whose effectiveness will suddenly be questioned in light of the Leonard Williams trade. It's not shocking the Giants have become sellers, but that's a tough loss for a defense that was showing it could keep the team in games.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

They had no business losing to the Jets, even with a third-team quarterback who didn't even try to pass. That late-game situational football was a disaster.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

QB Daniel Jones' return comes just in time, Big Blue hitting the road for the next three weeks in what's probably a last-ditch effort to save the season.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Something scary (for them): Saquon Barkley's health

Down to their third quarterback (undrafted free agent Tommy DeVito) because of injury, the Giants gave the ball to Barkley 36 times Sunday. That's the most carries in a game in the last two seasons, and the second most was Barkley's 35 carries last year against the Texans in Week 10. After that game, Barkley didn't top 90 yards the rest of the season. The Giants finished with minus-9 passing yards against the Jets, so it's going to be tempting to try to ride Barkley the rest of the season. That might not be possible, though.

FOX -- Rank: 30

This season couldn't have played out in Brian Daboll's worst nightmares. Throwing for negative seven yards in a game, still somehow having it won inside the final minute — and then inexplicably blowing it? As if we didn't know this season was a lost cause, the Giants have already begun the process of getting what they can out of it by trading Leonard Williams.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 30

When you lose, everything is under scrutiny. Head coach Brian Daboll's explanation for trying a field goal instead of going for it on fourth-and-1 late in the fourth quarter made sense. He didn't think his defense would allow the Jets to score a touchdown in the final 25 seconds and he was probably right. But the kick missed, the Jets somehow got in field-goal position, hit that kick to tie it and then won in overtime. When your season is going bad, that kind of loss doesn't get easily forgotten.

PFT -- Rank: 29

Not many teams can win with QB3.

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