NFL power rankings: Giants near the bottom following rough opening game

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NFL media hammers Judge and Garrett after poor performance vs. Broncos

It is officially that time of the week: NFL Power Rankings. The New York Giants struggled out the gate on Sunday, dropping a 27-13 season-opening decision to the Denver Broncos. The offense struggled and the team’s highly-regarded defense couldn’t stop Teddy Bridgewater.

Aggregating several rankings from around the Internet, the Giants come out to an average ranking of No. 28 in the 32-team NFL.

Let’s check out what outlets around the league are saying about the Giants after week 2:

NFL.com: No. 27 (was 24)

Daniel Jones keeps doing it. The third-year quarterback has struggled with inconsistency throughout his short NFL tenure, and we saw more of the same in Sunday’s 27-13 loss to the Broncos. Jones moved the Giants well at times, connecting on a handful of downfield strikes against a Denver secondary that’s notoriously stingy when it comes to surrendering chunk plays. But the game turned late in the third quarter, when Jones scrambled inside the Denver 15 and lost the football as he went to the ground. The resulting turnover short-circuited a promising drive and pretty much sealed Big Blue’s fate. Jones is good until he’s not … and that’s the problem.

NBC Sports: No. 28

Joe Judge and Jason Garrett should have been the only ones running laps after the mess the Giants left on the field Sunday at MetLife.

CBS Sports: No. 27 (was 24)

The heat is already on this front office and coaching staff. The first game was a not a good look for Joe Judge and company and now they play on a short week to turn it around.

ESPN: No. 28 (was 25)

Ojulari registered a sack and three tackles in 34 defensive snaps — more snaps than the other five rookies combined — in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. He had his ups and downs in his NFL debut. First-round pick Kadarius Toney was on the field for just five plays, and sixth-rounders Gary Brightwell and Rodarius Williams played 22 combined snaps, half on special teams. The Giants’ third and fourth-round picks, Aaron Robinson and Elerson Smith, are on injured reserve or the physically unable to perform lists. — Jordan Raanan

Sporting News: No. 30 (was 23)

What was that? The Giants have felt like a shaky offense throughout the preseason and despite some flashes in the passing game with Daniel Jones, they didn’t get anything out of a recovering Saquon Barkley and the running game.

Pro Football Network: No. 24

They are who we thought they were. Jason Garrett is a struggling offensive coordinator. And Daniel Jones is quickly going to have to start carrying a bad offensive game plan, or he’ll be looking to take the Sam Darnold route here soon. Jones actually had a relatively decent day, considering he was up against Denver’s defense. However, he’ll need to do a lot more in the air if this team wants to survive.

Yahoo! Sports: No. 31

The Giants were dull and dominated by the Denver Broncos. This was not a good start for Joe Judge’s crew. It also makes one believe this is going to be another sucky season for football fans in the Big Apple. Next: at Washington (Thursday).

New York Post: No. 28

Cold French fries weren’t the only thing that felt left over from 2020. The offense – with additions of Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Kyle Rudolph and a healthy Saquon Barkley – picked up where it left off struggling to score points. The bigger surprise and red flag? A vaunted defense was shredded by Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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