The National Football League released the schedules for all 30 teams Thursday night and the New York Giants are handed a tough task.
New York is faced with a difficult schedule heading into next season. They have an NFL-high four games against teams coming off their bye week. They also are set to square off with the AFC and NFC West divisions creating a travel schedule that is near the highest in the league. The team goes to the west coast for four games to face the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.
It is a grueling travel schedule that will really put this contender to the test. Below are week-by-week predictions for the 2017 season.
Week 1: @ Dallas Cowboys – Sunday Night Football
The Giants get their showdown with the Cowboys in the first week of the season on primetime on Sunday night. This is the third straight year the two teams are squaring off in the opening week. Last season, the Giants beat the Cowboys 20-19 in Dallas. The Giants will once again spoil the Cowboys season opener.
Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions – Monday Night Football
The Giants welcome the Lions to MetLife Stadium for their home opener. Last season, the Lions made the playoffs after posting a 9-7 record. The Giants beat the Lions 17-6 last season and gave Matthew Stafford fits all day. The defense gives Stafford fits again.
Week 3: @ Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3 gives the team another divisional opponent on the road. These two teams split the season series last year. The Eagles beat the Giants late in the season in Philadelphia. They’ll do the same this year.
Week 4: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay is no easy match for the Giants. The Buccaneers surprised a lot of people on their way to a 9-7 record. Jameis Winston finally came into his own and kept the Buccs in the playoff race all season but the Giants defense will be too much to handle.
Week 5: vs. Los Angeles Chargers
The Giants have the luxury of playing this west coast team at home, which should bode well for New York. They were 7-1 at home a year ago and the Chargers are not much of a threat.
Weel 6: @ Denver Broncos – Sunday Night Football
Back-to-back weeks where the Giants face an AFC West team. This time they travel to Denver. The Broncos still posses one of the games’ best defenses and Mile High is one of the toughest places to play in the league.
Week 7: vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 7 does not get any easier for the Giants as they welcome Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks to the Meadowlands. Luckily for New York they get the Seahawks at home. This game could end up being very pivotal in the playoff race.
Week 8: BYE WEEK
A much needed bye week, I should add.
Week 9: vs. Los Angeles Rams
After their bye week, the Giants welcome the second Los Angeles team to New York. Second year quarterback Jared Goff and a stingy defense could cause problems for the Giants but I don’t see a way they lose this game.
Week 10: @ San Francisco 49ers
Despite the tough travel, the two games after the bye shouldn’t be trouble for the Giants. The 49ers were one of the worst teams in football a year ago and don’t have the quarterback situation figured out.
Week 11: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Giants have the luxury of playing the Seahawks and Chiefs at home as those two teams have some of the best fans in football. The Chiefs will once again be in the playoff hunt and this game will mean a lot to both teams. This starts a very tough seven game stretch for New York.
Week 12: @ Washington Redskins – Sunday Night Football
The first meeting between the two teams comes late in the season on Sunday Night Football. Washington is an interesting team this season. They lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency but brought in Terrell Pryor on a one-year deal. This also is the first matchup between Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman.
Week 13: @ Oakland Raiders
This will be an extremely tough game with the atmosphere in Oakland bound to be electric. The Raiders could be a popular Super Bowl pick this season with Derek Carr and their young core coming back.
Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys
A late season rematch with Dallas coming to New York. This could possibly determine the division as both teams are predicted to have solid seasons.
Week 15: vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Back-to-back division comes, both at home, late in the season must put a smile on a lot of the Giants’ face. They could have their fate laying in their hands at this point.
Week 16: @ Arizona Cardinals
A grueling late season trip to Arizona could be tough after two division games. The Cardinals pose as a real threat on defense. This could cause the Giants a lot of problems.
Week 17: vs. Washington Redskins
The Giants are afforded three home divisional games in the final four weeks of the season, giving them a great chance to wrap up a division title.