The NFL released the 2022 schedule on Thursday evening, and the New York Giants have one of the easiest in the entire league. This presents a good opportunity for Daniel Jones to dominate against lesser teams, putting his best foot forward and proving he can be a long-term solution at quarterback. A lighter schedule should ease the coaching staff into the season and help them enjoy some success and progress before taking on a far more difficult group of opponents in 2023.
Nonetheless, the Giants have some exciting games on the docket, so let’s take a look at which ones rank as the best.
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Ranking the top 5 New York Giants regular-season games:
Week 12 – Nov. 24: at Dallas (Thanksgiving), 4:25 p.m., FOX
The Giants haven’t enjoyed a Thanksgiving game in quite some time, and playing Dallas makes it even more exciting.
The Cowboys have struggled to make any noise in the playoffs, but after drafting stand-out pass rusher Micah Parsons last year, the Giants certainly will have their hands full. Big Blue made a concerted effort to address the offensive line this off-season, drafting Evan Neal with the 7th overall pick to plug right tackle.
This will be an exhilarating matchup in the trenches between the Giants and Cowboys, and with a turkey leg in hand, this is one of the most stimulating games of the season.
Week 3 – Sept. 26: vs. Cowboys, (Monday Night Football), 8:15 p.m., ESPN/ABC
Nine weeks prior to the Giants taking on Dallas on Thanksgiving, they will play Monday Night Football in Week 3 on September 26. Any time the Giants get to play Dallas in primetime is a good one, and given this is one of the Giants’ only primetime games this year, it must be high on the list.
Week 5 – Oct. 9: vs. Packers (London), 9:30 a.m., NFLN
It was announced that the Giants would travel to London to face off against the Green Bay Packers several weeks ago. The last time Big Blue made the trip across the pond was against the Rams when Landon Collins took an interception to the house. This time around, the Packers will offer an entirely different quality of opponent, so Daniel Jones must be at the top of his game.
Week 16 – Dec. 24: at Minnesota, 1 p.m., FOX
Another interesting game this season is against the Minnesota Vikings on Christmas Eve. A little bit of football action to smooth over the holiday is exactly what we needed, making this the fourth-ranked game of the regular season.
Week 18 – Jan. 7 or 8: at Philadelphia, TBD
The Giants always finished the season with an NFC East opponent. This time around, it is the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles had to show up on this list at least once, and the Giants seem to be in a far better position with their coaching staff to hopefully compete at a higher level.
With AJ Brown being traded to the Eagles during the draft, the Giants will have a tough task ahead of them, limiting him and his size. Matching Adoree Jackson up against Brown seems to be a match made in hell, but second-year corner Aaron Robinson has the height and size to attack him in press coverage. This could end up being one of the more exciting games of the season, and the Giants will be looking to close out the season strong.