Here is the schedule:
Week 1: (Wednesday, 9/5): New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Week 2 9/16: New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 3 9/20 (Thursday): New York Giants at Carolina Panthers, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Week 4 9/30: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Week 5 10/7: New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Week 6 10/14: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers, 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 7 10/21: New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 8 10/28: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys, 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 9 11/4: New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:15 p.m. ET CBS
Week 10 11/11: New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 11: Bye
Week 12 11/25: New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Week 13 12/3: New York Giants at Washington Redskins, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Week 14 12/9: New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:15 p.m. ET FOX
Week 15 12/16: New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 16 12/23: New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 17 12/30: New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
The first thing I don't like is 3 of the first 4 games are primetime, and their rest period is scattered. Eleven days rest between games 1 and 2, then only four days rest between games 2 and 3, then ten days rest between 3 and 4 before they get back on a normal schedule.
As far as it being hard, especially after the bye....
I will admit that GB in NY is going to be extremely difficult. The Giants embarrassed the Packers at home in the playoffs and Green Bay will bring 120% to that game.
Otherwise, I am optimistic and here's why; the Steelers are not the team they were three or four years ago. As far as the Saints? The last two times they've faced NY they have blown them out in New Orleans, this year, the Giants have them at home in December. I hope it is 32 degrees with sleet/rain that day, although that is not typical New Jersey weather in early December, it could happen.
Traveling to the Ravens and Falcons could pose a problem, but if the Giants defense is healthy at that point, they can rattle Flacco and we saw them shut out the Falcons in the playoffs.
Ending the season with Philly could be as huge as ending it with Dallas was last year. That game could mean the division or a playoff spot. I think the NFC East is very balanced so I'll just start the Giants at 3-3 off the bat, figuring a split for each divisional series. I can see them going 9-7 again or maybe even 10-6, whether or not that makes them a playoff team, I have no idea. Plus, there is still so much that can happen, it is only April.
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