COMMENTARY | Did the New York Giants' 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Monday do anything to help them in the eyes of folks who put together NFL power rankings? As low as they are at this point does it really matter? Let's look around at some Week 8 power rankings and see what we find.
Yahoo -- Frank Schwab -- No. 29 (Last Week: 30)
"That game on Monday night was one of the worst we'll see in the NFL this season. Or in many seasons."
In the eyes of Giants' fans, it was a beautiful thing.
FOX Sports -- Brian Billick -- No. 29 (Last Week: 31)
There is no issue between Manning and Cruz, but Nicks' play is a mystery. Is he hurt? Is he consciously trying not to get hurt before free agency at season's end?
CBS Sports -- Pete Prisco -- No. 28 (Last Week: 30)
"It was ugly, but they found a way against the Vikings to get their first victory. At least the defense showed some life."
Yes, the Giants found somebody worse than they are. Can they drag Josh Freeman around and have him quarterback against them every week?"
Pro Football Talk -- Mike Florio -- No. 29 (Last Week: 31)
"On Monday night, they looked good enough to beat a really bad team, but not good enough to beat anyone else."
True, but if you look at the Giants' schedule there are quite a few really bad teams still on it.
ESPN -- No. 29 (Last Week: 31)
"The Giants won the turnover battle for the first time all season Monday night, and it resulted in win No. 1."
How about that? Turn the ball over fewer times than the other guy, win the game. Amazing.
NFL.com -- Elliot Harrison -- No. 29 (L:ast Week: 31)
"The Giants finally got a win and will still have a semblance of hope if they can beat the Eagles on Sunday. Still, they're three games behind Dallas in the NFC East, and 1-6 is probably too big a hole for even a Tom Coughlin-coached team to climb out of.
"Peyton Hillis had 23 touches Monday night. Surprised he didn't pull something ... or two somethings. "
Yes, it has come to that. The Giants feel good about Peyton Hillis. Hey, they have Eli and Peyton on the same team.
The real question for the Giants at this point is do they have any hope of going on some sort of run and rescuing this so-far horrific season. We get an answer Sunday when they face the Philadelphia Eagles.
-- Ed Valentine is editor of BigBlueView.com, covering the Giants for SB Nation.
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