It’s that time of the week: NFL Power Rankings. The New York Giants kicking off their preseason slate Thursday night in Foxboro, Mass. (7:30 p.m., NFL Network/NBC4). Head coach Brian Daboll recently said he expects everyone healthy enough to play at least a few shots against New England.
But what about the national media? What do they say about the Giants? As expected, they’re not particularly high on Big Blue, rightly so after last season.
We aggregate several different websites and their power rankings, shining a spotlight on the G-Men. Here’s what they’re saying this week:
2022 NFL Football Power Index: 22nd (-4.1 FPI)
The Giants currently sport an FPI of -4.1. This is an expected point margin over an average opponent on neutral ground. Highest ranked Buffalo Ticketson the other hand, sport a 9.4 FPI.
The Giants have a new general manager in Joe Schoen and a new head coach in Brian Daboll, so maybe these two guys can right the ship for a team that hasn’t sniffed the playoffs since 2016, and doesn’t step by step won one playoff game since pocketing superbowl XLVI at the end of the 2011 season.
Some coaching continuity would help. Big Blue has gone through five head coaches since Tom Coughlin’s time ended in 2015. Ownership tends to go with overwhelmed autocrats, and Daboll isn’t that, so there’s improvement there.
Daboll got that job primarily because as the Bills’ offensive coordinator, he was able to help Josh Allen grow from an unknown tool into one of the best quarterbacks in the game. Now he’ll turn his attention to Daniel Jones, who isn’t nearly as tooled, but is equally unknown as an NFL prospect. This is Jones’ fourth season, the team hasn’t chosen their fifth-year option, so if things don’t go well here, expect big changes in 2023. (History suggests things won’t go well). Maybe that’s when Daboll finds his man (whoever he is) and the rebuilding process can speed up.
Sports News: 26th
The other New York team has more offensive promise with Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka as new collaborators and defense continue to gather playmakers. Whether they can come out of the AFC East basement depends on Daniel Jones winning against breaking.
For victory: 30th
Notable additions: Kayvon Thibodeaux (DE), Evan Neal (OT), Wan’Dale Robinson (WR), Tyrod Taylor (QB)
Notable departures: Evan Engram (TE), Nate Solder (OT), Will Hernandez (G)
Record and finish 2021: 4-13 (missed playoffs)
New York’s immensely easy schedule could ultimately hamper Daniel Jones’ replacement plans. Giants may win more games than expectedbut it’s still a bad team looking to its future — a team now in the hands of first-year coach Brian Daboll.
I know I’m not the only one buying an offensive resurgence for the Giants. Daniel Jones had some inspired moments in training camp, and his cast of playmakers (Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Wan’Dale Robinson) are pretty dashing. With an improved offensive line and a finally healthy Saquon Barkley, is it crazy to think that New York could hang out in the wide-open NFC East? Yeah, yeah, talking is cheap – and so is August football. But at the very least, the G-Men have the potential to be watchable on offense in 2022. It’s a vast upgrade from where we were last fall.