New York Giants: Week 5 NFL Power Rankings (#14)

Last week: 14 (+0)

Record: 2-2

This is the league’s 2nd worst defense in terms of yards per play allowed, thanks to a pass defense that ranks tied for last allowing 9.0 YPA. Their secondary simply cannot seem to beat the injury bug, much like last year, and it’s getting worse as safety Kenny Phillips is expected to be out for a few weeks after leaving last week’s loss to the Eagles. He was one of the reliable players in this secondary last year, along with Corey Webster, an aging cornerback who is really struggled this year, compared to his normal self. In a loaded NFC, that could be enough to keep the Giants out of the playoffs. The 9 wins they had last year won’t cut it this year and it feels like we’re headed for somewhere around there.

Studs

LT William Beatty: Did not allow a pressure on 49 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 8 yards on 3 attempts

C David Baas: Did not allow a pressure on 49 pass block snaps, run blocked for 18 yards on 3 attempts

WR Victor Cruz: Caught 9 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts on 48 pass snaps, 4.2 YAC per catch

WR Domenik Hixon: Caught 6 passes for 114 yards on 11 attempts on 46 pass plays, 4.6 YAC per catch

FS Stevie Brown: Allowed 2 catches for 6 yards on 2 attempts, 6 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops, 1 missed tackle, 1 quarterback hit on 2 blitzes

Duds

LG Kevin Boothe: 1 quarterback hits and 3 quarterback hurries on 49 pass snaps, run blocked for 20 yards on 7 attempts

TE Martellus Bennett: Caught 1 pass for 2 yards on 3 attempts on 38 pass snaps, 3.0 YAC per catch, 1 interception when thrown to

CB Corey Webster: Allowed 5 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown on 7 attempts, 2 solo tackles, 1 stop

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