NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Jets Drop, Giants Stay at No. 31

Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats New York 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports


Another week of football is in the books, ladies and gents’, and before I start, how about them Jaguars? Covering their 28-point spread in a loss to the Broncos? Good for you. You guys are still 32nd best in the league, but good for you.

Speaking of rankings, before the start of the season, NFL’s power rankings ranked the Jets at No. 32 and ranked the New York Giants at No. 12. Well, things have sure changed six weeks into the season. Let’s check where the ESPN rankings have the Jets and Giants going into Week 7.

New York Giants:
This week the team is ranked No. 31, same as last week.

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No one thought the New York Giants would be where they are now. That is, no one thought they would be a train wreck. The Giants haven’t been doing anything right — some fans are pointing blame on Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who is responsible for 17 turnovers (a league-high 16 interceptions and one fumble), and they may just be right. It’s hard to win football games when your quarterback is throwing pick after pick — especially when he throws two picks in the team’s first two drives of the game.

What else has taken a nosedive? The pass protection, or lack thereof; they also have a hard time running the ball; and their once mighty defense has disappeared.

So what does that leave you with? An 0-6 team.

New York Jets
This week, the Jets are ranked No. 20, sliding down two spots from last week’s No. 18 ranking.

Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers won the game 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Which quarterback are we going to get this week? The good Geno Smith (the one who has a perfect game and throws for three touchdowns)? Or Bad Geno Smith (the one who is competing for Eli Manning for most turnovers in the league)?

After a stellar three-touchdown performance against the Atlanta Falcons in a Monday night game, just six days later he throws two picks and was ineffective all day against the Steelers.

Overall, the Jets had a bad game. The team couldn’t get the run-game going, and Mornhinweg’s play-calling was curiously conservative. On the defensive side of the ball, the team had no answer to the Steelers’ often-called screen passes, and their secondary gave up some big plays (I’m looking at you, Cromartie).

Topics: Football, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, NFL Power Rankings

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