The 2016 NFL schedule has been released and the New York Giants appear to have a somewhat favorable draw.
<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> The schedule includes five primetime games: two Monday nights (at Minnesota, home vs. Cincinnati), two Sunday nights (at Green Bay, home against Dallas) and a late-season Thursday night game in Philadelphia.
In familiar fashion, the Giants will open up the season on the road against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 4:25. It will be the fourth time in five seasons the Giants will open against the Cowboys.
“It’s a great opportunity opening the season at Dallas,” McAdoo said. “All of us in the building are looking forward to it.”
The Giants will face off against the NFC North and AFC North this season, divisions that had two teams apiece in the 2015 postseason. The four NFC North opponents were a combined 34-30 (.531). The teams in the AFC North were a combined 30-34 (.469).
Although trying to project how the team will fare has proven to be a foolish endeavor, the Giants have the second easiest strength of schedule based on the win percentage of their opponents in 2015 (.461).
Some interesting notes:
*The Giants will play their second-ever game in London when they face the Rams in week 7. It will be the first NFL game played in Twickenham Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.
*The Giants will play six games against 2015 playoff teams: Washington (2), Minnesota, Green Bay, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
*This is the fifth time in six seasons the Giants will open their season vs. an NFC East opponent. The Giants have lost their last five season openers.
*The Giants’ first three games are very similar to their 2015 start. Last year, they opened in Dallas before coming home to face an NFC South opponent (Atlanta) and Washington. This year, their first game is in Dallas, and they will return home to face an NFC South opponent (New Orleans) and Washington.
“The bye comes at a perfect time, around the midpoint of the season, and after a trip to London, – which is a tremendous opportunity, and exciting for us,” McAdoo said. “It’s good for the league, and it’s good for the Giants and the Rams to play overseas.