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NFL power rankings, Week 3: Giants fall in wake of Saquon Barkley injury

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New York has an aggregated power ranking of No. 29 heading into Week 3

It was a close one that came down to the final seconds, but the New York Giants have kicked off the 2020 season with an 0-2 start after falling 17-13 to the Chicago Bears in Week 2.

Aggregating seven rankings from around the Internet, the Giants come out to an average ranking of No. 29 in the 32-team NFL. Last week, the Giants fell at No. 28 in the league and were No. 27 the week before. Sensing a pattern here?

The loss of Saquon Barkley has certainly contributed to this week’s lower rankings. Let’s check out what outlets around the league are saying about the Giants heading into Week 3 of the season:

USA Today: No. 31

Despite disheartening loss of RB Saquon Barkley, New York continued to show quite a bit of fight and nearly left Chicago with a victory.

CBS Sports (Prisco): No. 29

Saquon Barkley is done of the year, which means they have little in terms of a running game. That means Daniel Jones will have to do even more. Can he carry this team?

EPSN: No. 29

Get on that waiver wire and grab Dion Lewis. ASAP. Even if the Giants do sign Devonta Freeman, Lewis is going to play a substantial role. Imagine a plus version of James White in New England with a slightly bigger workload. The Giants trust Lewis in pass protection, and he catches the ball well out of the backfield. They aren’t afraid to run Lewis on some early downs, either. He is the best bet to be the Giants’ top running back with Saquon Barkley out for the season.

Sports Illustrated: No. 31

Without Saquon Barkley, Dave Gettleman’s rebuild now gets its most grueling evaluation yet. For three years, the Giants built a team around the run. What happens without the running back now?

The Ringer: No. 29

Sporting News: No. 28

The Giants had a lot of promise for Daniel Jones, and despite two valiant efforts, they are winless. The defense is improved, but now the offense has been greatly worsened by Saquon Barkley going down.

NBC Sports: No. 31

The Giants without Saquon Barkley are just the Jets.

Original article: https://www.bigblueview.com/2020/9/22/21450632/nfl-power-rankings-week-3-giants-fall-in-wake-of-saquon-barkley-injury

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