NFL power rankings Week 1: Tennessee Titans land just outside top 10
By Will Lomas
25. New York Giants
I never thought I would say this, but I would feel a lot more comfortable moving the New York Giants up this list if Daniel Jones was starting. He has looked great in the preseason and whether he can do that or not in the regular season is the question now.
Offensively they could be decent thanks to Saquon Barkley and a potentially solid offensive line. However unless some team wants to run directly at the Giants nose tackles, they are going to really struggle to stop anyone on defense.
24. Indianapolis Colts
You know who has a bad roster? The Indianapolis Colts.
Now I know what you are saying, “But Chris Ballard is such a good GM!” Is he? This is his 2017 NFL Draft class:
1st round, Malik Hooker safety: Solid pick at the time despite having other needs, but ultimately he hasn’t been a difference maker.
2nd round, Quincy Wilson CB: 20 career games, 2 INTs and 8 PBUs
3rd round, Tarell Basham EDGE: Cut
4th round, Zach Banner OL: Cut
4th round, Marlon Mack RB: 4.4 career YPA
And then no one who has really done anything one way or another. Ballard lucked into a team with a franchise QB on the roster and one that made the playoffs the year before. When Luck was injured and Jacoby Brissett had to start the Colts earned the second pick in the NFL Draft.
Now, just one year removed from that the Colts are basically the same team with Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard added, but they are supposed to be markedly better than the terrible 2017 team? Sorry, I don’t buy it.