The Giants begin the 2010 season with a chance to erase the horrible memory of closing out Giants Stadium with the Carolina Panthers. The Giants will open at home for the third straight year against an conference or division foe (Redskins 2008 and 2009).
The NFL schedule makers weren't kind to the Giants as the have the 7th toughest schedule in the league. The Giants face five playoff teams from a year ago with road games at Indianapolis (Week 2), at Minnesota (week 14) and Green Bay (week 16) to go along with trips to Philly and Dallas.
Of the Giants 16 games, four of the games will be on national television. Starting with week 2 when the Giants travel to Indianapolis for the made for TV hype bowl Eli vs Big Brother Payton with Eli looking to even the score. This is followed by a week four Sunday night telecast against the Bears at home, a Monday night game against the Cowboys week 7 and the annual Eagles-Giants Sunday night at home during week 10.
Giants Regular Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 12, Carolina, 1:00 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 19, at Indianapolis, 8:20 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 26, Tennessee, 1:00 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3, Chicago, 8:20 PM
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 10, at Houston, 1:00 PM
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17, Detroit, 1:00 PM
Week 7: Monday, Oct. 25, at Dallas, 8:30 PM
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 7, at Seattle, 4:05 PM
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 14, Dallas, 4:15 PM
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21, at Philadelphia, 8:20 PM
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 28, Jacksonville, 1:00 PM
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 5, Washington, 1:00 PM
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12, at Minnesota, 1:00 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19, Philadelphia, 1:00 PM
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 26, at Green Bay, 4:15 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2, at Washington, 1:00 PM
Quick Analysis is that the Giants must get off to a quick start again this year with three of their first four games at home. There is no "easy" part of the schedule this year.
Most unusual part of the schedule is facing the Cowboys twice within three weeks. In between first game against the Boys the Giants have their bye, fly to Seattle for a Sunday afternoon game followed by the Cowboys visit to the Meadowlands.
To end the season the Giants start December with a division game against the new look Redskins at home followed by a tough road game to Minnesota (third straight year), the Eagles at home, and road games at the Frozen Tundra in Green Bay and a week 17 trip to DC. Three division games plus two places where its hard to win to end the season.
Predraft prediction: Giants go 10-6. Newly improved secondary will do better this year allowing Giants to win a Wild-card spot.