A Giant move in Week 10 Power Rankings

November, 9, 2010
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I'm sure New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese were staring at their laptops at 2 p.m. ET to witness one of the most stunning comebacks in ESPN.com Power Rankings history. Following a home loss to the Titans, the Giants fell all the way to No. 24 in the Week 4 Power Rankings. Coughlin frantically dialed John Clayton's cell phone to see if this could be true, but "The Professor" cackled and hit "ignore."

Now the Giants have ripped off five consecutive wins since that fateful day and they're coming off a 41-7 win in Seattle. That's why Coughlin's team is now No. 4 in the Week 10 Power Rankings. Now, let's take a look at how all the NFC East teams fared in our fabled rankings. NFC West guru Mike Sando pulled back the curtain on the mysterious voting process.

4. New York Giants: I thought the Giants should've leap-frogged the Atlanta Falcons into third place in the rankings, but AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky stood in the way by marking a "7" on his ballot. Paul thinks the Jets, Patriots and Packers are all better than the Giants. I tried to keep showing him the Browns-Patriots score as we covered Eagles-Colts together, but he ignored my unsolicited advice and has left himself open to second-guessing as the Giants march toward the North Texas Super Bowl. Sando and The Professor had it right by voting the Giants third on their respective ballots.

8. Philadelphia Eagles: Three of the four esteemed voters had the Eagles at No. 8 and AFC North blogger James Walker had them in ninth. Walker's one highly questionable moment came when he put the New Orleans Saints at No. 4. Two voters -- Clayton and Kuharsky -- didn't even have the Saints in their top 10.

18. Washington Redskins: Clayton thought the Skins were a playoff contender to start the season, but he now has them at No. 18 on his ballot. Mike Sando handed in the lowest vote at 20 and Walker stood up for Mike Shanahan and his flimsy explanations by giving them a favorable 17.

30. Dallas Cowboys: It's time for someone to step up and put this team in the No. 32 hole. Walker flirted with the idea with his No. 31 ranking, but the other three voters had the Panthers and Bills behind the Cowboys. Jerry Jones has vowed to sign Garrett to a 12-year contract extension if the Cowboys can crack the top-20 by the end of the season.

The NFC East is ranked fifth among all the divisions, but placing both the Giants and the Eagles in the top 10 was a much-needed boost. The Giants will be as high as No. 2 at some point this season. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Eagles also spend time in the top five.

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