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Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: Giants firmly in top 5

SLAYTON-ROBINSON

The Giants' 6-1 start is the franchise's best since 2008, when the team began the season with 11 wins in their first 12 games.

Once again, the Giants rallied from a fourth quarter deficit in order to pick up the victory in Week 7. Down 17-13, the defense came up with a big stop on fourth and one on their own 20-yard line, which forced a turnover on downs. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley then led the offense down the field on a 10-play, 79-yard drive which resulted in a one-yard touchdown run by Jones. The drive took nearly six minutes off the clock and gave the Giants a late lead, one they would hold on to for the win.

Brian Daboll and his team are continuing to find success on both sides of the ball. The Giants rushed for 236 yards on 39 carries against the Jaguars, including 130 yards in the fourth quarter alone. They now have the league's No. 2 rushing attack, averaging 173.4 yards on the ground per game. Meanwhile, Wink Martindale's unit is now the No. 6 scoring defense, allowing an average of just 18.6 points, while their red zone defense ranks fourth in the league (40 percent).

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

Check out where the Giants land in the Week 8 power rankings below.

NYG: No. 4

Movement: Up 1

Comments: "The Giants have four fourth-quarter comebacks this season. And they rallied in the second half of a fifth victory. That means five of New York's six wins this season have been in come-from-behind fashion. This team is following in the footsteps of new coach Brian Daboll and clearly believes it can make plays late in games. Daniel Jones and several other players have referred to it as their "competitive spirit," noting a mental toughness with this group that hadn't been there in previous seasons when they regularly lost these kind of games." -- Jordan Raanan

NFC East: No. 2 Eagles (3), No. 6 Cowboys (5), No. 21 Commanders (28)

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

NYG: No. 4

Movement: (-)

Comments: "The Giants have gone past the point of skeptics wondering if they are for real. They have had the baseline of Saquon Barkley's healthy offense, but now Daniel Jones has gone full Danny Dimes with his passing, running and leadership. The defense remains the backbone and the support from the other sides keeps growing." -- Vinnie Iyer

NFC East: No. 1 Eagles (previously 1), No. 6 Cowboys (9), No. 21 Commanders (28)

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

NYG: No. 5

Movement: (-)

Comments: "It's not always pretty, but Brian Daboll's Giants just keep winning. The Giants have five second-half comebacks in their six wins. Coaching matters." -- NBC Sports Staff

NFC East: No. 1 Eagles (1), No. 7 Cowboys (6), No. 25 Commanders (29)

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

NYG: No. 5

Movement: (-)

Comments: "Brian Daboll will be smoking a few more victory cigars this year." -- Mike Florio

NFC East: No. 1 Eagles (1), No. 4 Cowboys (4), No. 22 Commanders (27)

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

NYG: No. 5

Movement: (-)

Comments: "At 6-1, they remain the surprise of the NFL. Daniel Jones is a tough quarterback to defend with his legs. Injuries on the offensive line are now a concern." -- Pete Prisco

NFC East: No. 1 Eagles (1), No. 6 Cowboys (6), No. 30 Commanders (29)

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

NYG: No. 5

Movement: Up 4

NFC East: No. 2 Eagles (2), No. 4 Cowboys (6), No. 27 Commanders (32)

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

View photos from the Giants' Week 7 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

NYG: No. 6

Movement: (-)

Comments: "A little smoke and mirrors? The number of teams that have ever started 6-1 with all their games decided by one score ... well, it's just this one." -- Nate Davis

NFC East: No. 2 Eagles (2), No. 4 Cowboys (4), No. 23 Commanders (29)

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

NYG: No. 6

Movement: Up 1

Comments: "The Giants have a knack for winning close games -- a massive attribute in a league where it seems like nearly every team hovers around the same level in terms of talent and potential. Big Blue was in closer mode again on Sunday, getting a stop at the goal line as time expired to outlast the Jaguars. Daniel Jones went over 100 yards on the ground, and Saquon Barkley continued to dominate, putting the Jacksonville defense on skates with 72 of his 110 rushing yards in the final quarter. Weird-stat-in-a-weird-season alert: The Giants are 6-1 despite being the only team in the NFL without a receiver who's surpassed 200 yards." -- Dan Hanzus

NFC East: No. 2 Eagles (2), No. 4 Cowboys (6), No. 28 Commanders (30)

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

NYG: No. 6

Movement: Up 1

Comments: "Here's something worth thinking about seven weeks into the season, as we approach a period of time where I'd bet we start pivoting from "final fumes of hope" season to "I think we need a fresh start" season. Look at the top six teams on this list. Sean McDermott is a defensive head coach. Andy Reid is a 64-year-old West Coast devotee who spent most of his career before becoming a head coach as an offensive line coach. Nick Sirianni spent a lot of his formative growth years under Frank Reich, and Brian Daboll was an offensive coach who has been almost everywhere, from New England to Alabama to Cleveland under Eric Mangini to Kansas City under Romeo Crennel, the year the Chiefs went 2-14. The point is that none of them, you would argue, were from some kind of trendy system at their point of hiring. They all had ups and downs. They all had a breadth of experience. They all arrived at their teams, where they are having success, by doing something markedly different from the team they were hired from as a coordinator. Which is a long way of saying: it doesn't have to look a certain way, as long as the talent, the knowledge and the humility are there." -- Conor Orr

NFC East: No. 3 Eagles (3), No. 5 Cowboys (10), No. 30 Commanders (31)

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

NYG: No. 6

Movement: Down 1

Comments: "It hasn't been especially pretty, but the New York Giants just keep winning. After outlasting the Jaguars in Jacksonville, the Giants are the first team in NFL history to start 6-1 or better and have each of its first seven games decided by one possession. Their six victories have been by a combined 27 points. The G-Men trailed the Jags for most of the game and needed a goal-line stand at the final gun to preserve the win. Head coach Brian Daboll told reporters afterward that he's happy to get a win any way he can, but the Giants still have plenty of things to clean up." -- Brent Sobleski, Maurice Moton and Gary Davenport

NFC East: No. 1 Eagles (1), No. 5 Cowboys (7), No. 23 Commanders (29)

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

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