Not surprisingly, the Giants have plummeted in this week’s National Football Post power rankings. At 9-5 and in danger of missing the playoffs, the Giants are now ranked at number 12.
Not all the experts have knocked the Giants down as far, though all are in agreement that this was a bad loss for the entire team.
The Giants Across the Board
Fox Sports: 9
The brutal loss to the visiting Eagles last week could be the kind of game that either sets the Giants back or becomes an impetus for better play. They dominated for three quarters, only to let the game slip away in the fourth quarter.
CBS Sports: 9
How do they get over that loss to the Eagles? They better do it quickly because their season is on the line against the Packers.
NFL Mocks: 13
In one of the most exciting games this season the Giants managed to blow a 21 point halftime lead and make the inexcusable mistake of punting to Desean Jackson with the game on the line. Next weeks matchup at Lambeau is for all the marbles.
Even the worst lip reader knew that coach Tom Coughlin was reminding punter Matt Dodge of the mandate to kick it out of bounds. The question is whether the intended audience was Dodge or the rest of the lip-reading world.
A few more rankings of relevant teams and my comments follow, via the National Football Post:
- Green Bay Packers, 8-6 (13) – Aaron Rodgers will likely be back for this Sunday’s wildcard showdown. This game may come down to which team is less deflated in the face of recent struggles.
- Washington Redskins, 5-9 (29) – This team is continuing to fall apart, even with a fresh arm under center. The drama should be a good enough distraction to prevent this team from winning any more games this season.
- Philadelphia Eagles, 10-4 (3) – This will be a dangerous team in the playoffs. Best case scenario now is that the Giants win a wildcard spot and head to Philly in January.
- Dallas Cowboys, 5-9 (16) – Jason Garrett and co. continue to impress down the stretch, and they should have an easy time in Arizona this weekend. Garrett’s status as head coach, however, will likely come down to how this team handles the Eagles next weekend.