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New York Giants Power Rankings Roundup: Chasing the Atlanta Falcons

November 2nd, 2012 at 1:00 PM
By Simon Garron-Caine

Usually this little power rankings exercise revolves around where the New York Giants stack up against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, but Big Blue is so far out their division rivals' league this year that we've had our eye on another team: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons.

'Matt Ryan' photo (c) 2008, 55thstreet - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

At 7-0, the Falcons have been riding the undefeated record to Power Rankings dominance all year. After watching the Giants stumble through two victories the last few weeks we hardly expect that to change. Let's take a look:

ESPN.com
This week's ranking: 2
Last week's ranking: 2
Their comment: Seven times in nine New York seasons Tom Coughlin has gone 6-2 or better in the first half. Only twice has he won at least five in the second half.
Our comment: And again, the Midseason Swoon storyline rears its ugly head. Actually, we're kind of surprised we haven't heard more about it.

CBSsports.com
This week's ranking: 4
Last week's ranking: 4
Their comment: Do they know how to win in the new Cowboys stadium or what? They own the NFC East right now.
Our comment: Yes, yes we do own the NFC East right now. And always. Still don't like being ranked behind the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans, but the showing against the Cowboys wasn't exactly "shoot-up-the-ranks" kinda stuff.

Profootballtalk.com
This week's ranking: 2
Last week's ranking: 2
Their comment (PFT was naming Midseason MVP's this week): Eli Manning, even though in the first three quarters of some games he could drive a fan to drink.
Our comment: Hard to argue with Manning as MVP. Hard to argue with remaining in second again to the Falcons.

FOXsports.com
This week's ranking: 4
Last week's ranking: 4
Their comment: The positives: The Giants held a 23-point lead Sunday at Dallas and forced six turnovers in the process. The negatives: The 23-point lead dissipated by the end of the third quarter and they only turned six turnovers into 23 points. The only thing that matters: They won the game.
Our comment: Truth, Brian Billick. Preach the truth.

The Giants appear stuck in neutral across the board: the Cowboys victory far too ugly to go moving up the board, yet a victory nonetheless so not really in a position to slide backwards. The Pittsburgh Steelers are probably good enough a team that the Giants can gain some momentum with a decisive victory (especially if the Falcons have trouble in Dallas).

That said, we're fine staying where we're at in the power rankings: we'd rather have a close win over the Steelers and watch the Falcons destroy the Cowboys.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Eli Manning, Football, Houston Texans, New York, New York Giants, NFC East, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Power Rankings, Tom Coughlin, Washington Redskins

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4 Responses to “New York Giants Power Rankings Roundup: Chasing the Atlanta Falcons”

  1.  wrdag says:

    Down at the bottom of the rankings we find the Saints N Eagles duking it out in an elimination game. We have all have to admit that gettiing either one out of the NFC picture is a big positive for us. (eventually both will be out) The Saints can be scary on the offensive side of the ball and our coaches find a way to play down to the Eagles every game. Dont let the door hit them on the way out.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Power rankings don’t mean much, but I cannot argue that to date the falcons deserve their top billing. I think there are better teams, but being undefeated is being undefeated. And they are clearly a better club than they were last season. We may be fortunate in that their division looks pretty weak so they will be a little like a lot of the AFC teams that show up in the playoffs every year having not had a competitive enough schedule to do well when crunch time comes in the playoffs. They certainly weren’t ready to compete the last time they came to The Met.

  3.  LUZZ says:

    Huge mistake on my end. Looks like I’m going to be on a flight to the west coast during the Giants game. Anyone know how I go about watching the game online, since my flight will have WiFi. I don’t mind purchasing it. I really hate the streaming video sites because they are never clear.

    I’ll get on NFL.com now to check it out, but I’m sure some on here know better and can point me in the right direction.

    •  jfunk says:

      The only legit way I know of in the US would be to purchase Sunday Ticket from DirecTV. If you can’t get DirecTV for some plausible reason, like “my landlord won’t let me cut down the trees”, you can get an online-only streaming account.

      Other than that, you’ll have to deal with shady sites or do some VPN magic to be from another country.

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