Giants Set To Open 9/11 Against Redskins

The most optimistic guy in the NFL is the schedule-maker, whose work was released Monday night. Assuming the lockout ends in time to play a full season -- he fervently hopes his toils will not be wasted -- the fellow with the computer has the Giants opening on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Washington, where those who died in the Pentagon that day will be honored.

Here is the Giants' schedule for 2011, providing the lockout ends.

Things get pretty interesting right off the bat with the Sept. 11 rememberance in Washington, followed by the return of former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo with the Rams on Sept. 19. The first division game comes Sept. 25 in Philadelphia.

Though the Rams should be improved, the fact that they're playing lightweights Arizona, Seattle, and Buffalo after the Eagles could conceivably send the Giants into the Week 7 bye at 5-1 or 4-2, meaning another quick start for a Tom Coughlin-coached team. As usual, it's the second half of the season that becomes the challenge, what with defending Super Bowl champ Green Bay landing smack in a four-game stretch that also includes the Eagles, Saints, and Cowboys.

All this, of course, is contingent on an end to the current lockout, which is no sure thing at this point. But preparations have to be made, so here's the sked.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 11 at Washington 4:15 p.m. FOX

Sept. 19 St. Louis (Monday night) 8:30 p.m. ESPN

Sept. 25 at Philadelphia 1:00 p.m. FOX

OCTOBER

Oct. 2 at Arizona 4:05 p.m. FOX

Oct. 9 SEATTLE 1:00 p.m. FOX

Oct. 16 BUFFALO 1:00 p.m. CBS

Oct. 23 BYE

Oct. 30 Miami 1:00 p.m. CBS

NOVEMBER

Nov. 6 at New England 4:15 p.m. FOX

Nov. 13 at San Francisco 4:15 p.m. FOX

Nov. 20 PHILADELPHIA 8:20 p.m. NBC

Nov. 28 at New Orleans (Monday night) 8:30 p.m. ESPN

DECEMBER

Dec. 4 GREEN BAY 4:15 p.m. FOX

Dec. 11 at Dallas 8:20 p.m. NBC

Dec. 18 WASHINGTON 1:00 p.m. FOX

Dec. 24 at Jets (Saturday) 1:00 p.m. FOX

JANUARY

Jan. 1 DALLAS 1:00 p.m. FOX


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