Good and Bad, but Not Ugly
The Giants' 2009 schedule bears much similarity to their 2008 schedule. There are a few differences—some welcome, some not.
The BYE week was in Week Five last year. This year it is during Week 10, giving the team a much-needed strategic break later in the season.
No jet lag this season: The furthest road opponent geographically is Denver (on Thanksgiving Night).
Between Oct. 25 and Nov. 22, the Giants have only one road game, and that is in Philadelphia (Nov. 1).
Even though the Giants are scheduled to play in the Eastern time zone 11 times, only seven of those games are slated as 1:00 pm Sunday starts. The flex schedule kicks in beginning Week 13 and two of those games (vs. Carolina; at Minnesota) may be changed to later times if needed.
The Giants are on the road three consecutive weeks between Weeks Two through Four (at Dallas, at Tampa, at KC), come home to host Oakland in Week Five before heading back on the road to New Orleans.
The last five games of 2008 were: @Was, Phi, @Dal, Car, and @Min. This year's final five games are almost identical: Dal, Phi, @Was, Car, @Min.
In the Spotlight
The Giants are currently scheduled to play in prime time five times:
9/13 vs. Washington
11/1 @ Philadelphia
11/8 vs. San Diego
12/6 vs. Dallas
*The Giants appeared in prime time five times last year and played three 4:15 national games.
For Those Interested
The Giants will see Jeremy Shockey for the first time since they traded him in 2008, when they visit the Saints on Sunday, Oct. 10.
Philip Rivers will make his first appearance in the Meadowlands to face the team that drafted (and traded) him in the 2004 NFL Draft, when the San Diego Chargers come in on Nov. 8.
Six 2008 opponents ended up in the playoffs. Six 2008 playoff teams are on this year's schedule as well (Phi, Ari, Atl, Car, Min, SD).
|Mon 8/17||Carolina||8:00 pm|
|Sat 8/22||at Chicago||8:00 pm|
|Sat 8/29||NY Jets||8:00 pm|
|Thu 9/3||at New England||7:30 pm|
|Sun 9/13||Washington||4:15 pm|
|Sun 9/20||at Dallas||8:20 pm|
|Sun 9/27||at Tampa Bay||1:00 pm|
|Sun 10/4||at Kansas City||1:00 pm|
|Sun 10/11||Oakland||1:00 pm|
|Sun 10/18||at New Orleans||1:00 pm|
|Sun 10/25||Arizona||8:20 pm|
|Sun 11/1||at Philadelphia||4:15 pm|
|Sun 11/8||San Diego||4:15 pm|
|Sun 11/22||Atlanta||1:00 pm|
|Thu 11/26||at Denver||8:20 pm|
|Sun 12/6||Dallas||4:15 pm|
|Sun 12/13||Philadelphia||8:20 pm|
|Mon 12/21||at Washington||8:30 pm|
|Sun 12/27||Carolina||1:00 pm|
|Sun 1/3||at Minnesota||1:00 pm|