The New York Giants schedule is now released, and we have a clearer picture of what fans should expect from this season. Outside of their yearly divisional opponents, the Giants will face teams from the NFC South, AFC South, and NFC West. Which games are the most interesting of the season, either because of their divisional importance or because of the matchup?
Here’s three that stand out:
Week 2: at Dallas Cowboys
The Giants and the Cowboys are no strangers to playing on Sunday Night Football, and they have another early season matchup that will take center stage nationally on Sunday night. Last year, the Giants only scored three points when they opened their season against the Cowboys. This game will change the tone of the season going forward.
No matter how good the teams are, Giants fans don’t like losing to the Cowboys. A win here will help to put the fanbase at ease in the early part of the season, while a loss would make fans question the team and the coaches early. Especially because the Cowboys finished with nine wins last season, a big drop from Ezekiel Elliot’s rookie season.
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Week 6: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Week 6 is when the Giants will face the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. It sounds strange to say that, but we’ll be hearing a lot of that from now on. This is another nationally televised game, this time on Thursday Night Football, and these games tend to have more pressure surrounding them. The Eagles were obviously a strong team last year, but now that they’ve added inside linebacker Nigel Bradham and veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace, they’ll be an even tougher matchup for the Giants.
Quarterback Carson Wentz will also return from injury next season, and all of it makes this a good game for the Giants to prove themselves. The Giants came close to stealing a game from the Eagles last year, and if they can win here, it will make a statement that this isn’t last year’s team.
Week 1: vs Jacksonville Jaguars
This one isn’t just special because it’s the first game of the season, but because it’s the Tom Coughlin homecoming. Coughlin is currently the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Jags, and the Giants will surely have something planned when Jacksonville comes into town for the first time since Coughlin took over. That’s not the only reason why this game is worth paying attention to, however.
If you ask most fans who the top teams in the AFC are, the Jaguars aren’t usually the first one that comes to mind. But they won the AFC South last year and won a very close game in Pittsburgh in the divisional round of the playoffs, before eventually losing to the Patriots by only four points.
They’re the favorites in their division again and with their relatively young squad, they’re here to stay. The Jags have a great defense and are a tough opponent for week one, even if many will look ahead to the week two game in Dallas.