Eli Manning greets Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after the Giants finished 5-0 in the preseason.
Wouldn’t it be nice for fans who had to suffer through a 0-6 start last year if the Giants could somehow start the year 5-0, which happened to be their 2014 preseason record?
OK, maybe that’s asking a lot, but still, let’s break down those first five regular-season games to see if it's possible.
New York will play three of those first five games at home, where they were 4-4 last year.
However, the two road games, Week 1 at Detroit and Week 4 at Washington, are both in prime time where the Giants traditionally haven’t done too well.
The Giants are 23-33-1 overall in Monday night games, which includes a 15-25-1 road record. Their last road game victory on Monday night (not counting their 21-3 win over Minnesota in a game that as scheduled for Monday night but which was moved to Tuesday night in Detroit after the old Metrodome’s roof collapsed following a blizzard) was October 25, 2010 at Dallas, a 41-34 victory.
If all things stay the same (meaning no injuries or unexpected twists) the Giants should be able to win three of their first five games, with wins projected against the Lions win Week 1, Texans in Week 3 and at Washington in Week 4.
If the Giants are to have a chance at winning the division, they'll want to enter their Week 6 game against the Eagles having built up some positive momentum.
Naturally a win against the Eagles would be huge in that it would give the Giants a leg up in the head-to-head competition should there be a year-end tie.
Again, to get to that point, the Giants probably need to build up some momentum, and a 3-2 record, which is very realistic, would be ideal in their first five games.
Patricia Traina is the senior editor for Inside Football. All quotes and information obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted. Follow me on Twitter, @Patricia_Traina.