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Following their lackluster 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the New York Giants come in at No. 28 in the latest USA Today power rankings.

The New York Giants offense has been absolutely atrocious this season as they’re averaging just 18.3 points per game. That ranks 29th in the NFL.

So it should come as no surprise that following their 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints, USA Today has them ranked 28th in their latest power rankings.

Only the Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills were ranked lower than the Giants.

The reasoning for the Giants being ranked 28th in addition to their 1-3 record is their conservative offense that has failed to score 20 points in three out of the team’s four games.

The offensive line has been given the brunt of the blame for the Giants offensive woes in not scoring 30 points in 37 consecutive games. But the biggest issue for the Giants this season has been Eli Manning being reluctant to challenge defenses downfield.

If Manning and head coach Pat Shurmur don’t find ways to open up the offense soon, the Giants will see their ranking drop even further.

The Giants are 1-13 in their last 14 conference games. It just so happens that the Giants next nine games are against NFC opponents. Yikes!

The nine-game stretch begins Sunday against the (2-1) Carolina Panthers who are coming off a bye week, and whose defense has already sacked opposing quarterbacks eight times.

To say the Giants’ backs are against the wall on Sunday would be a huge understatement.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.