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Where do Giants stand in latest NFL Power Rankings?

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The Giants (5-5) were idle this past week, but they enjoyed the bye nonetheless, thanks to wins by Tampa Bay (5-5) and Carolina (10-0). The Bucs, who the Giants defeated in Tampa two weeks ago, went to Philadelphia (4-6) on Sunday, and blew out the Eagles, 45-17. Meanwhile, the Panthers stayed undefeated with a blowout win of their own, 44-16 over Washington (4-6).


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Those two losses mean the Giants come off the bye with a full game lead over Philly and Washington in the NFC East. Big Blue visits the Redskins on Sunday in a pivotal division matchup. Meanwhile, the Eagles have a short week as they visit the Lions (3-7) on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys (3-7) also play in their annual Thanksgiving contest. Dallas hosts Carolina in the afternoon game.

With Week 11 of the NFL regular season in the books, Giants.com takes a look at power rankings coming in from outlets across the country:

NYG: 9
Movement: Up 1
NFC East: No. 9 Giants, No. 20 Cowboys, No. 22 Washington, No. 24 Eagles
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, Broncos
Comments: Week 11 was an off week for the Giants, who are in first place in the sad-sack NFC East, for now. The key to New York being there (and staying there): the contributions of many bit parts, like the oft-forgotten Rueben Randle, Orleans Darkwa, Uani 'Unga, Damontre Moore and someone of the slightly bigger name variety, Shane Vereen. Next up: a big one, at Washington, which brings a chance to create space in the division.

NYG: 11
Movement: None
NFC East: No. 11 Giants, No. 20 Cowboys, No. 22 Washington, No. 23 Eagles
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals, Broncos, Packers
Comments: The NFC East is there for the taking as the Giants return from their bye, having had extra time to recover from their near-miss loss to the Patriots that probably should have been an unlikely victory. They'll need Jason Pierre-Paul to be a pass-rushing difference-maker on defense for the rest of the season.

NYG: 14
Movement: Up 1
NFC East: No. 14 Giants, No. 16 Cowboys, No. 21 Eagles, No. 24 Washington
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, Broncos
Comments: The Giants schedule is not easy down the stretch. They probably can't afford to drop Sunday's game at Washington, especially with the Cowboys becoming a factor again.

NYG: 10
Movement: Up 2
NFC East: No. 10 Giants, No. 19 Cowboys, No. 22 Washington, No. 23 Eagles
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, Broncos
Comments: They've only failed to score at least 24 points twice. That's not likely to change in Washington Sunday.

PRO FOOTBALL TALK

NYG: 11
Movement: Up 4
NFC East: No. 11 Giants, No. 19 Cowboys, No. 25 Washington, No. 26 Eagles
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, Packers
Comments: The Week One debacle could end up haunting Tom Coughlin after Week 17.

NYG: 15
Movement: Down 5
NFC East: No. 15 Giants, No. 20 Washington, No. 21 Cowboys, No. 25 Eagles
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Broncos, Cardinals, Bengals
Comments: At 5-5, the Giants still lead the NFC East. But because of blown fourth-quarter leads in four of five losses, their lead is a lot slimmer than what it could be.

NYG: 10
Movement: None
NFC East: No. 10 Giants, No. 18 Cowboys, No. 19 Washington, No. 26 Eagles
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, Steelers
Comments: Coming out of the bye week, the Giants need to establish a running game to avoid becoming one dimensional when the weather turns cold.

NYG: 12
Movement: Up 2
NFC East: No. 12 Giants, No. 17 Cowboys, No. 23 Eagles, No. 24 Washington
NFL Top 5: Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, Broncos
Comments: They come off their bye with a division road game at Washington. They are in first place, but the schedule gets tough down the stretch.

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