Is this happening? Is it actually happening? Are the New York Giants, who started the 2013 campaign at 0-6, really winners of three straight and now within just two games of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East standings? That is exactly where the G-Men find themselves as they prepare for another massive contest, this one against a Green Bay Packers team that will not have quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Let's see if anybody believes in Big Blue.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: ESPN
The NFL writers at ESPN gave the Giants a four-point bump, raising New York to 25 in power rankings this week. Running back Andre Brown received a bit of love in that piece. He absolutely earned it with his play on Sunday. Brown, in just four quarters of action, appeared to be the best RB the team has had this season.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: CBS
Pete Prisco of CBS isn't all that impressed with New York, but he did rank the Giants at 25 in his list. “They have a chance to get on a mini-roll,” Prisco stated. A mini-roll could be all that any NFC East team needs to win the division this time around.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: Shutdown Corner
Frank Schwab hasn't been sold on a New York revival since the team's first win. That hasn't changed. “They could get to 6-6. Then after that they play at San Diego, vs. Seattle and at Detroit. Remember that when the 'Giants are alive!' stories keep popping up,” wrote Schwab. He put the Giants at 27.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: FOX
Former head coach and current NFL analyst Brian Billick disagrees with Schwab. Billick moved New York all the way up to 17 in his power rankings. “I wouldn't count them out,” said Billick. Neither should anybody just yet.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: Pro Football Talk
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk went in both directions regarding the Giants this week. New York rose to only the 23 spot in his list, not nearly as generous a bump as what Billick gave the team. Florio did, however, have this to say about the G-Men: “The one team that none of the other NFC playoff teams want to see in the playoffs is the Giants.”
I absolutely believe that to be a factual statement.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: New York Daily News
Hank Gola gave the Giants a tiny bit of hometown cooking. New York rose three places in his power rankings, up from 25 to 22. Gola did point out that the Giants haven't been beating up on contenders in their past three games. “Three more flawed QBs down, one more on deck,” he wrote.
Beating the teams on your schedule is the name of the game.
Ranking the Giants after the team's win over the Oakland Raiders is no easy task. They are, on one hand, right in the heart of the playoff race. New York has only won 33 percent of the team's regular season games, however, and the Giants are seemingly a slip-up or two away from being an afterthought.
The high 20s seems fair to New York this time around, but I can see ranking the Giants a bit higher if you believe the rest of the NFC East to be incapable of finishing at anything better than 8-8. Truth be told, the division winner ending the regular season at 7-9 would not shock me in the slightest.