Giants 2015 Opponents and Matchup Preview

Since no one in the NFC South finished last season above .500, only four of the Giants’ 2015 opponents had a winning record in 2014. The dates for each game will not be released until April, but here’s who the New York Giants will be playing this upcoming season.

Divisional Games (2014 Record)

Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)

This is always a hard fought series. Since 2000, the Giants have not been able to pull of too many victories, trailing the matchup 12-21. However, now that Giants’ receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has a year of the pros under his belt and with a potentially stronger running game, the Philadelphia defense is going to be facing a new offense in 2015.

Dallas Cowboys (12-4)

For the past two seasons, the Cowboys have swept the Giants, all in mostly very close games. In 2014, Dallas had their first winning season since 2009. The Cowboys have two big holes that need to be filled. Whether or not they can bring back Dez Bryant or DeMarco Murray or both is a key factor to how Dallas will do next year.

Washington Redskins (4-12)

With head coach Jay Gruden announcing that Robert Griffin III will be the team’s starting quarterback, it does not seem that the Redskins troubles are over. Even though the Giants finished last season with a troublesome 6-10 record they still managed to fight off the Redskins and haven’t lost to them since 2012.

Home Games

Atlanta Falcons (6-10)

The Falcons have gone through serious offseason changes with the firing of long-time head coach Mike Smith. Now, Dan Quinn has to revamp the team that went 10-22 in the last two seasons. The organization also hired offensive coordinate Kyle Shanahan to help boost an offense anchored by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. The Giants beat the Falcons last year 30-20.

Carolina Panthers (7-8-1)

It didn’t say much last season to be the champion of the NFC South. If the team can sign some offensive weapons, Cam Newton can easily lead this team over .500. With more protection along the line, Newton is a threat to run against a Giants defense that was ranked No. 30 out of 32 in the league in rushing yards allowed.

New England Patriots (12-4)

The Super Bowl champions will be headed to the Meadowlands this year. Their defense was at an all-time high last season and was able to apply pressure and stop the passing game. If the Giants can’t spark their running game, this could be a tough matchup for quarterback Eli Manning, who relies on the pass to keep alive drives.

New York Jets (4-12)

For the first time since 2011, it’s the rivalry of the Meadowlands. Both New York teams are coming off of disappointing seasons, but it is still uncertain if quarterback Geno Smith is the answer to the Jets woes. Although there were many losses, a lot of them were close. It came down to the Jets inability to close games. The last time the two teams met the Giants won 29-14.

San Francisco 49ers (8-8)

The 49ers are coming into this season with a lot to prove. The team hired head coach Jim Tomsula after firing Jim Harbaugh who led the team to three straight NFC Championships and a Super Bowl. San Francisco’s defense is extremely powerful. What could hurt the Giants is if the team figures out how to stop relying on quarterback Colin Kaepernick and transition into trusting the running game.

Away Games

New Orleans Saints (7-9)

For a team that doesn't have a lot of spending room this offseason, the Saints need to improve on their defense that finished No. 31 out of 32 teams last season. Depending on the organization’s offseason moves, the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. could be a real test for this New Orleans’ defense. The last time these two teams met was in 2012 when the Giants dominated 52-27.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14)

The past three teams with the first overall pick that had a 2-14 record improved the following season to 9-7 or better. The question with Tampa Bay is what will it do with the first pick of the NFL Draft? If the answer is Jameis Winston, or any quarterback out of the draft for that matter, the Giants defense is going to be facing the unknown.

Buffalo Bills (9-7)

The team’s new head coach Rex Ryan is going to look to make a statement in 2015. Ryan always likes to put his team in the spotlight; however, on the field, there is no doubt he is going to put together a great and highly improved defense. The Giants are going to be facing a brand new system and depending on when in the season they play them, it may be hard to prepare for it.

Miami Dolphins (8-8)

The Dolphins always finish seasons with average records and numbers. They aren’t any more dominant at home as they are away. One thing they do have going for them is a talented offense. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for over 4,000 yards for the first time in his career. His completion percentage was better than Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. An area of improvement for them needs to be establishing a more powerful defense.

Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

The question that everyone is asking themselves when it comes to the Vikings is whether or not Adrian Peterson will be on the roster. The answer is a game-changer for when the Giants go to TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings also have second-year signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater who, with more experience, could become explosive at the quarterback position.

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