Defending the Throne

The NFL finally announced the 2008 NFL schedule and, needless to say, the Super Bowl champion Giants have plenty of prime-time appearances.

Tom Coughlin's fifth season as head coach will begin with the traditional Thursday night season opener hosted by the Super Bowl champions when the Giants meet the Redskins on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. The time was moved from the standard 8:30 kickoff because of the Republican National Convention.

The game against the Redskins is the only one of their four scheduled night games that will be played at home. They will play a Monday night game at Cleveland on Oct. 13 and Sunday night games at Philadelphia (Nov. 9) and in Dallas (Dec. 14). One or two late-season games could be shifted to prime time under the NFL's flexible schedule policy.

"It's a very, very challenging schedule," Coughlin said. "Week-in and week-out, we will be challenged by outstanding opponents. We have four prime time games, which our team will look forward to with great anticipation. We begin the season against Washington, a division opponent, and face a big challenge with four of our last six games on the road.

"Certainly, each game is an exceptional challenge. We have back-to-back-to-back games against our division opponents in November and December. We play the AFC North, which I think is a division with four very good teams. Our team must work very hard to prepare for the task ahead of us."

Here's the 2008 Giants schedule...

Preseason

Sat. Aug. 9 at Carolina 7:00 PM WNBC
Mon. Aug. 18 CLEVELAND 8:00 PM ESPN
Sat. Aug. 23 at Jets 7:00 PM WCBS
Thurs. Aug. 28 NEW ENGLAND 7:00 PM WNBC

Regular Season

Thurs. Sept. 4 WASHINGTON 7:00 PM NBC
Sun. Sept. 14 at St. Louis 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. Sept. 21 CINCINNATI 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Sept. 28 BYE
Sun. Oct. 5 SEATTLE 1:00 PM FOX
Mon. Oct. 13 at Cleveland 8:30 PM ESPN
Sun. Oct. 19 SAN FRANCISCO 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. Oct. 26 at Pittsburgh 4:15 PM FOX
Sun. Nov. 2 DALLAS 4:15PM FOX
Sun. Nov. 9 at Philadelphia 8:15 PM NBC
Sun. Nov. 16 BALTIMORE 1:00 PM* CBS
Sun. Nov. 23 at Arizona 4:15 PM* FOX
Sun. Nov. 30 at Washington 1:00 PM* FOX
Sun. Dec. 7 PHILADELPHIA 1:00 PM* FOX
Sun. Dec. 14 at Dallas 8:15 PM* NBC
Sun. Dec. 21 CAROLINA 1:00 PM* FOX
Sun. Dec. 28 at Minnesota 1:00 PM* FOX


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