New York Giants Schedule: The Good and the Bad

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistApril 19, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants and Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts embrace following the Colts 38-14 win at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants' 2013 schedule has been released. We've already jumped right in with a game-by-game breakdown and we elaborated on the strength of their opponents earlier in the offseason. Now, let's go macro and look at the good parts and the bad parts of New York's 2013 slate.

The good: A November bye week

The Giants have lost 10 of their last 15 games in the month of November, which is why the G-Men have to thank the league's schedule-makers for once again giving them relief in that month.

The Week 9 bye also gives them a nice break exactly at the midway of the year, but I am guessing they'd rather have a better opponent than Oakland coming out of it. They'd probably beat the Raiders regardless, but the Giants have won five straight post-bye games.

The good: Another home finale 

If the NFC East comes down to the final week yet again and the Giants are involved, at least they'll be at MetLife Stadium for the season finale against a division rival. That's where they play the Redskins in Week 17. 

It marks the third straight season the Giants have been lucky enough to finish up at home.

The bad: Tough start

The Giants lost to the Cowboys in their prime-time home opener last year. This year, they again have to deal with Dallas in Week 1, but on the road. The 'Boys came an inch away from sweeping that season series last year. 

Then, in Week 2, New York has to take on arguably the league's best all-around team when Denver comes to MetLife Stadium for the latest battle of Eli vs. Peyton. And even after that, they go on the road for back-to-back games. 

There's a decent chance the Giants start 0-2 for the first time since 2007. But that won't mean they're doomed. After all, they went on to win the Super Bowl that year.