It is never too early to release an NFL Power Rankings article, and our own Jeric Griffin did just that today. You can find the Rant Sports official rankings here, which were compiled by a number of our own NFL writers. However, the writers got it wrong when they did not put the Super Bowl champion New York Giants as the top overall team.
I could understand if the Giants had lost major components to their team; under those circumstances it would be foolish to think the Giants are the best team heading into 2012. But not only did the Giants beat the Green Bay Packers (No. 2) and New England Patriots (No. 1) on the way to their Super Bowl title, but as far as most can tell, the Giants improved this offseason.
Sure, losing Mario Manningham hurts, and Brandon Jacobs was a decent goal line back, but the Giants made steps to replace both of those players in the 2012 NFL draft.
Rueben Randle inexplicably fell all the way to the Giants at No. 63, and the Giants seem to be smitten over the LSU product. The coaching staff believes he is the most NFL ready player they’ve drafted.
Let’s not sleep on first round pick David Wilson either, whom Kevin Gilbride called the most explosive player they’ve had, regardless of position.
So while the offense may need time to gel to get where they were last season, they have all of training camp to do that.
Also capable of replacing the loss of Manningham is Domenik Hixon and 2011 third round pick Jerrel Jernigan. Make no mistake, the Giants are incredibly deep at wide receiver, so long as they can stay healthy.
Don’t even get me started on how much the defense will be improved. The unit proved how dangerous they can be at the end of last season and the playoffs. From Week 16 to the Super Bowl, the defense allowed just 82 points, or 13.6 points per game. I choose that date because that is when Perry Fewell simplified the defense, especially in the secondary. It is also when the Giants were finally as healthy as they could be.
With a dominant pass rush back healthy, a healthy Terrell Thomas, Marvin Austin, and Prince Amukamara, the adjustments that Fewell made at the end of last season and the addition of Keith Rivers, there is no reason the Giants can’t go back to being a top 10 unit.
Top 10 in offense and (probably) defense and the Super Bowl champs equals preseason No. 1.
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