NFL football is almost back as the 2017-2018 season schedule was released. The New York Giants schedule doesn’t look to be so easy as it includes many away games on the west coast. Giants’ Head Coach Ben McAdoo contested the schedule to the league due to the difficult traveling schedule given to his ball club. Lets take a look at some of the highlighted games and tough challenges for the Giants.
For the third straight year, the New York Giants will have to open up the season in Dallas against, the NFC East reigning champions, Cowboys. The divisionally game is a spark to start off the season but it comes with controversy. This is the third year in a row that the Giants have to travel to Dallas to start the year. Why couldn’t one of these years be start in MetLife Stadium?
If it is because of Dallas being “America’s team” then that is an unacceptable excuse. Even if the Cowboys played anywhere else to kick off the season, people would still be watching their game. Since the game is a divisional rivalry, the NFL should switch locations each year.
Monday Night Football
In Week 2, the Giants will host the Detroit Lions for the second edition of Monday Night Football for the season. This game may not seem like a big deal but it surely is. The Lions went 9-7 with a Wild Card appearance last season and are expected to be in playoff contention again. Also, Monday Night Football is always a highlight for any team’s schedule.
This match up will be intriguing to watch as the Giants beat the Lions 17-6 last year. The most intriguing factor to watch in this game is how Odell Beckham Jr. deals with the primetime spotlight this season. Last year, Odell had the spotlight with his sideline outburst and relationship with the kicking net. It would be interesting to see how he acts into that spotlight after either a loss or win from the previous week.
Giants in the Mountains
The Giants will have a tough environment battle in Week 6 in Denver. The Broncos may have not have a Super Bowl contending team from years ago but playing in Mile High is a challenge for all visiting teams. The Giants may have lucked out by playing there early in October rather than deep into winter.
The Broncos may have quarterback issues but their defense is still atop of the NFL. This will be a good challenge for the Giants offense that is projection to be high scoring after a low year in points. This game can be a clear identification who the Giants really are this year.
Controversy arises, as the Giants will have to travel back to East Rutherford and play the Seattle Seahawks. The cross-country trip to host one of the NFL’s best is one of the reasons McAdoo contesting the schedule.
The New York Travelers
After a Week 8 bye, the New York Giants will be going back and forth between home and visiting opponents stadiums. The positive note is that the Giants will be home after the bye week against the Los Angeles Rams. Then they will be traveling cross-country to visit the 49ers in San Francisco. These two games may not seem difficult for the Giants but the traveling puts a toll on players.
When the Giants get back from California, the Kansas City Chiefs will be waiting for them in MetLife. Chiefs have been a playoff team for the past few years and will be one again this season. Their tough nose defense may be too much for the traveling Giants.
After tough game, they will travel to Washington D.C. to face the Redskins. The distance may not be long but it is still a trip from home. As soon as the Giants are finished with the divisional opponent, they will be traveling back to California to face the Oakland Raiders. Another playoff contender opponent after the Giants have been traveling a long way. Ben McAdoo protested the Giants’ schedule mainly based on these past weeks. It is too much for players to continuously travel cross-country and have them ready to perform at their highest potential.
Down the Stretch
The last four weeks can surely determine the Giants postseason fate. Through Weeks 14-17, the Giants schedule includes three NFC East games (all home) and one away in Arizona against the Cardinals. The divisional home games are an advantage for the G-men as they will most likely be playing for division supremacy. But in divisional games, anything is possible to happen.
The Giants will be focused on the Cowboys, Eagles, and Redskins but will have to deal with the Cardinals as well. The Cardinals are a team that underperformed last year and looking to make a comeback this season. They are a tough task for the Giants to deal with in a divisional fight.
The Giants also end the season against the Redskins for the second straight year. The difference between the match up with the Cowboys (from Week 1) and the Redskins is the alternating locations.
My Final Prediction
New York Giants = 10-6.