The New York Giants opened the regular-season at No. 22 in the USA TODAY power rankings and there was some slight optimism shared.
However, following a 27-13 beatdown at the hands of the Denver Broncos, that optimism has gone out the window. In its place is the negativity and pessimism that has surrounded the Giants for a decade.
Big Blue dropped like a rock in the latest USA TODAY power rankings, falling eight total spots to No. 30 overall.
30. Giants (22): QB Daniel Jones coughed up the ball for the 40th time. Joe Judge tossed away timeouts. RB Saquon Barkley isn’t himself (yet). Even the defense stinks. Otherwise, everything is fine for a team that hasn’t crept above .500 since 2016.
Only the Atlanta Falcons (31) and Jacksonville Jaguars (32) stand between the Giants and that all too familiar basement.
Comparatively, the Philadelphia Eagles went in the exact opposite direction as the Giants, moving up eight spots from No. 30 overall to No. 22 overall. That stings.
The Washington Football Team fell two spots to No. 21 overall, while the Dallas Cowboys climbed five spots to No. 9 overall despite their season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tom Brady’s Bucs remain No. 1 overall.