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Week 7 NFL Power Rankings: 5-1 Giants continue to rise

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The Giants' 5-1 start is the franchise's best since 2009, when the team also began the season with five wins in their first six weeks.

The Giants trailed the Ravens, 20-10, with just seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. It was the third time this season they rallied to win after being down by at least 10 at the half (they trailed the Titans 13-0 at halftime in Week 1 and the Packers 20-10 at halftime in Week 5). It was also the third game the Giants have won this season when faced with a fourth quarter deficit (Weeks 1 and 5).

Brian Daboll's team is finding success on both sides of the ball. The Giants continue to run the ball well, as they rank fourth in the NFL with 163 rushing yards per game despite last week's modest performance on the ground (a season-low 83 yards). Wink Martindale's unit enters Week 7 as the league's No. 7 scoring defense (18.8 points per game), in addition to ranking top 5 in both third down (32.4 percent) and red zone (40.0 percent) defense.

The team's torrid start has led to a big rise in NFL power rankings from media outlets across the country.

Check out where the Giants land in the Week 7 power rankings below.

NYG: No. 4

Movement: Up 3

Comments: "The Giants can be considered "for real" only a game behind the Eagles with their lone loss coming to the Cowboys. They took advantage of a weak schedule early, but their Packers and Ravens victories stamp their inspired all-around arrival under coach of the year frontrunner Brian Daboll." -- Vinnie Iyer

NFC East: No. 1 Eagles (previously 1), No. 9 Cowboys (6), No. 28 Commanders (31)

Top 5: Eagles, Bills, Chiefs, Giants, Vikings

NYG: No. 5

Movement: Up 6

Comments: "The Giants weren't expected to win many games this season (my projection was six). You blame me? They hadn't topped six wins in any of the previous five seasons. But all they've done so far is find ways to win, whether it's by going for two in the opener, shutting out Aaron Rodgers in the second half or getting their first interception of the season to win them the game against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. It doesn't matter that the Giants are 23rd in total offense and 15th in defense. Coach Brian Daboll has this team believing and finishing. They've outscored opponents 87-49 in the second half of games." -- Jordan Raanan

NFC East: No. 2 Eagles (3), No. 6 Cowboys (5), No. 28 Commanders (31)

Top 5: Bills, Eagles, Chiefs, Vikings, Giants

NYG: No. 5

Movement: Up 8

Comments: "I don't know how good the Giants are, but they keep on winning. You win, you rise up the rankings. Rules are rules." -- NBC Sports Staff

NFC East: No. 1 Eagles (1), No. 6 Cowboys (8), No. 29 Commanders (32)

Top 5: Eagles, Bills, Chiefs, Vikings, Giants

NYG: No. 5

Movement: Up 3

NFC East: No. 1 Eagles (1), No. 4 Cowboys (4), No. 27 Commanders (31)

Top 5: Eagles, Bills, Chiefs, Cowboys, Giants

NYG: No. 5

Movement: Up 3

Comments: "At 5-1, they are the shock of the league right now. The defense came up big against the Ravens." -- Pete Prisco

NFC East: No. 1 Eagles (1), No. 6 Cowboys (6), No. 29 Commanders (32)

Top 5: Eagles, Bills, Vikings, Chiefs, Giants

NYG: No. 5

Movement: Up 4

Comments: "The Giants may not win with a lot of flash. But they win—and keep winning. The Giants now have wins over a first-place Titans team, a first-place Ravens team and a Packers team that won 13 games each of the last three seasons. These Giants believe it can win every week and plays hard for 60 minutes. It's high time we started believing, too." -- Gary Davenport

"Maybe the Giants are actually...good? A 5-1 start with back-to-back wins against the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens can't be viewed as an aberration. The team is playing a more physical brand of football, especially on defense under Wink Martindale's supervision. Brian Daboll and his staff have done a wonderful job getting the most out of their talent." -- Brent Sobleski

NFC East: No. 1 Eagles (1), No. 7 Cowboys (5), No. 29 Commanders (28)

Top 5: Eagles, Bills, Chiefs, Vikings, Giants

View photos from the Giants' Week 6 game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium.

NYG: No. 6

Movement: Up 2

Comments: "They're consistently pulling victory from the jaws of defeat, winning three games after overcoming double-digit leads." -- Nate Davis

NFC East: No. 2 Eagles (1), No. 4 Cowboys (5), No. 29 Commanders (31)

Top 5: Bills, Eagles, Chiefs, Cowboys, Vikings

NYG: No. 7

Movement: Up 6

Comments: "If you let the Giants hang around in a game, there's a good chance they'll find a way to beat you. We saw it again on Sunday at the Meadowlands, where Big Blue forced two Lamar Jackson turnovers in successive possessions in the fourth quarter to steal a 24-20 win from the Ravens. Much credit is in order for Don "Wink" Martindale, who cooked up another fine defensive game plan that neutralized Jackson and allowed the offense to wipe away a 10-point deficit in the second half. This is old hat by now: The Giants are 3-1 in games in which they trailed by double digits." -- Dan Hanzus

NFC East: No. 2 Eagles (2), No. 6 Cowboys (10), No. 30 Commanders (30)

Top 5: Bills, Eagles, Chiefs, Vikings, Bengals

NYG: No. 7

Movement: Up 6

Comments: "The Giants are 5-1 and likely won't be significantly large underdogs until at least Thanksgiving. At some point, the team turned from a cute story and potential seventh seed to very serious contender, in that they always find a way to hang around in games long enough to win them. They are the barnacle at the bottom of the boat, clinging artfully." -- Conor Orr

NFC East: No. 3 Eagles (3), No. 10 Cowboys (7), No. 31 Commanders (31)

Top 5: Bills, Chiefs, Eagles, Vikings, Packers

NYG: No. 9

Movement: Up 2

Comments: "Simple things like running a lot of play-action — the Giants trail only the Falcons in their usage of early-down play-action, per TruMedia — are making things easier for Daniel Jones. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale is a blitzing madman, but that seems like a sensible thing to do when trying to maximize a talent-poor unit. Martindale, by the way, blitzed Lamar Jackson in his revenge game Sunday on 63.9 percent of dropbacks, per TruMedia, the second-highest blitz rate in a game this season behind the Packers' close win against Bailey Zappe. The Giants entered the season with the easiest projected schedule in the league and look like they have a clear road to the playoffs." -- Bo Wulf

NFC East: No. 2 Eagles (2), No. 6 Cowboys (7), No. 32 Commanders (31)

Top 5: Bills, Eagles, Chiefs, Ravens, 49ers

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