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NFL power rankings countdown to training camp: New York Giants, No. 24

The 2021 NFL training camp is just around the corner. We break down the top 32 teams. Today, we look at the New York Giants who rank No. 24 in our preseason power rankings.

Staying away from Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants weren’t awful as a whole last season, but their offense was. Scoring just 17.5 points per game isn’t going to get you anywhere but thankfully they play in the NFC East, which gives even the worst teams some hope for the postseason. The Giants managed six wins with the help of their defense. But now it’s time for quarterback Daniel Jones to step up, as the team went out and got him help at receiver and he’ll get a healthy Saquon Barkley back. If he can’t fo it this season, he’s gone.

2020 record

6-10, 2nd in NFC East

2020 defense

Points: 22.3 points per game, rank 9th
Yards: 5.3 yards per play, rank 8th (tie)
Football Outsiders Ranking: 19th

2020 offense

Points: 17.5 points per game, rank 31st
Yards: 5.0 yards per play, rank 28th (tie)
Football Outsiders Ranking: 26th

2021 DraftKings Sportsbook odds

Super Bowl: +6600
AFC/NFC Champion: +2800
DIVISION: +350
Win Total: 7 (Over -143, Under +118)

Offseason moves

Dave Gettleman landed the best wide receiver in free agency when he signed Kenny Golladay. He also kept Leonard Williams and signed cornerback Adoree Jackson. They also added wide receiver Kadarius Toney in the first round and will get Barkley back. The offense can’t help but be better this year.

Biggest question entering training camp

Will Jones be able to take a step forward after the team gave him more weapons this offseason? The defense should continue to play above average and have a chance to improve, while the offense is set up to prosper. It all comes down to Jones, who is also the biggest question going into the 2021 season.

What needs to happen for the Giants to win the Super Bowl?

Jones, Jones and more Jones. If Jones can play above average ball, the Giants will end up with a winning record. If he can break out, they would even have an outside shot to go deep in the playoffs.

2021 Outlook

This is what happens when you miss on a quarterback. No matter how well you build around him, he’s going to be the key to your team’s fate. I don’t believe in Jones. If they try to hide him, they might compete for the division and get dumped in the Wild Card round. If they must rely on him to win games, they’ll have a similar fate to last season. They have the team talent to beat their seven game win total, but that’s about it.