2010 NFL Regular Season Prediction: The Fate of the New York Giants
Now that the NFL schedule has been released, the draft is in the rearview mirror and rookie mini-camps are underway, the time has come to take an in-depth look at each game of the Giants 2010 regular season schedule, and determine if the Giants can recover from their 2009 regular season meltdown.
Except for the signing of free agent safety Antrel Rolle, the Giants off-season was by no means worthy of any breaking news. General manager Jerry
Reese turned to the draft to fill the holes of the Giants defense, but had many Giant fans shaking their head and wondering if he succeeded.
After experiencing a lackluster off-season, the Giants are heading into the 2010 season looking for a major turnaround after a disappointing finish from last year.
There have been many predictions about how the Giants will fare during this upcoming season, but none as "accurate" as mine.
So if you're ready to find out if the Giants are destined for the playoffs when the regular season ends...
September 12 vs. Carolina
The Giants begin the season with the opening of New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, while seeking revenge on a team whom (sort of) ended their playoff hopes last season.
The Panthers routed the Giants in a 41-9 blowout, turning the Giant's final game in the 34-year old stadium into one of their ugliest moments not only of the 2009 season, but in their franchise's history.
That game was complete embarrassment; but not this year.
Rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen will still be on the sidelines, leaving quarterback Matt Moore, who torched the Giants defense for 171 yards and three touchdowns, to be fed to the wolves known as the rejuvenated Giants defensive line that was banged up and invisible towards the end of last year.
Newly hired defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and his 4-3 defense does not allow Jonathan Stewart, who rushed for over 200 yards during the game last season, to break the 100-yard barrier.
Neither will DeAngelo Williams.
Even if Carolina was the better team, the Giants have something to prove.
New York Giants 24 Carolina Panthers 14 (Record: 1-0)
September 19 at Indianapolis
Welcome to Manning Bowl II.
Peyton's arm and the Colts offense will simply overmatch the Giants secondary. Safety Kenny Phillips, who's looking to return from 2009 season-ending knee surgery, will still not be 100 percent healthy. The Giants defensive line will be unable to sack the four-time NFL MVP, who continues to line up behind an offensive line that gives up minimal sacks per season.
And even though the Giants will contain the Colt's non-existent running game of Donald Brown and Joseph Addai, which ranked last in the league in rushing averaging 80.9 yards per game, Peyton will not allow his younger brother to defeat him.
New York Giants 17 Indianapolis Colts 31 (Record: 1-1)
September 26 vs. Tennessee
To call a game a must-win entering Week 3 is ludicrous, but I'm doing it anyway.
Looking ahead at their next couple of games (vs. Chicago Bears, @ Houston Texans), the Giants have the potential to start the season 1-4 as their playoff chances will take a major blow.
Fewell has his statement game and shuts down the dynamic duo of quarterback Vince Young and 2009 Offensive Player of the Year Chris Johnson. Although the Giants and Titans defenses were ranked near the bottom of league last year, this game is won on the ground, and in a defensive battle.
Giants running backs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw are the difference-makers, as the Giants get the crucial victory.
New York Giants 17 Tennessee Titans 10 (Record: 2-1)
October 3 vs. Chicago
The key to the Giants victory depends on which Jay Cutler shows up: the Cutler who throws for three touchdowns and 300 yards, or the one that sometimes resembles that of a rookie quarterback who looks lost on the football field.
A healthy Brian Urlacher pays huge dividends for the Bears, as his presence at middle linebacker is the difference in the game.
Manning struggles, while Cutler shines in primetime.
New York Giants 14 Chicago Bears 31 (Record: 2-2)
October 10 at Houston
Cornerback Terrell Thomas, who finished the 2009 season as the number one corner because of injuries to Corey Webster and Aaron Ross, is faced with the daunting task of defending the best wide receiver in the league: Andre Johnson .
Thomas, the 2009 team leader in tackles with 85, proves that although he became the number one corner by accident, he's worthy of keeping the job.
Thomas shuts down Johnson. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has his worse game of the season, and the Giants bounce back from a Week 4 loss with their best offensive performance of the season.
New York Giants 27 Houston Texans 13 (Record: 3-2)
October 17 vs. Detroit
Although the Lions are very much improved, they are still not good enough to defeat the Giants.
The Giants don't break their own regular season sack record of 12 but certainly come close. This game gets ugly, as Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford spends most of the game on the ground.
Some might call this a trap game. I'm calling it a blowout.
New York Giants 35 Detroit Lions10 (Record: 4-2)
October 25 at Dallas
Last season, the two games against the Cowboys were decided by a total of nine points.
So in the Giants first NFC East division battle of the year, expect another close one. Playing in Dallas is never easy, especially when the game is played on Monday night.
Rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant has his coming out party, proving he has a knack for the national spotlight, as the Giants fall victim to Tony Romo and the Boys.
New York Giants 14 Dallas Cowboys 24 (Record 4-3)
November 7 at Seattle
Following a bye week, the Giants have posted a 3-3 record during the Tom Coughlin era.
Having to play a game on the West Coast is never an easy task, especially against a very much-improved Seahawks team, who arguably had the best off-season of any NFL team.
However, the Giants have two weeks to prepare for this match-up, and are able to pull out the victory.
New York Giants 21 Seattle Seahawks 17 (Record:5-3)
November 14 vs. Dallas
The Cowboys got the better of the Giants when they met earlier this season.
In all likelihood, the NFC East crown will be determined during the final couple of weeks of the season, as tie-breakers will play a major factor in deciding who gets the opportunity to play in the "second season."
The Giants can ill-afford to lose both games against the Cowboys. Very much aware of what's at stake, the Giants do not allow this opportunity to pass them by, leading to a split of the season-series against the Cowboys.
New York Giants 27 Dallas Cowboys 24 (Record: 6-3)
November 21 at Philadelphia
Is Eagles quarterback Kolb ready for primetime? With the game being played Sunday night, we'll find out if he's up for the challenge.
Games against the Eagles are always entertaining as the Eagles have gotten the better of the Giants over the previous couple of seasons, including the playoffs.
Having traded McNabb during the off-season, the Giants find out the Eagles are not quite up to the challenge, and the Eagles will learn trading away McNabb might have been a mistake.
Although this will be another close game, the Giants defensive line will be too much for Kolb to handle.
New York Giants 31 Philadelphia Eagles 27 (Record: 7-3)
November 28 vs. Jacksonville
When the Jaguars selected Tyson Alualu with the tenth overall pick in the 2010 Draft, summing up the state of the franchise, the Jaguars were destined for a long season.
Giants' backup quarterback Sorgi replaces Manning during the fourth quarter as the Giants hand the Jaguars their worst defeat of the season.
New York Giants 34 Jacksonville Jaguars 7 (Record: 8-3)
December 5 vs. Washington
The Giants face McNabb for the first time this season. But this time as a member of the Redskins.
McNabb has gotten the better of the Giants over the previous two seasons, and even though this game is being played at the Meadowlands, McNabb simply knows how to defeat "Big Blue."
Therefore, McNabb's visit to the Meadowlands ends in a victory.
New York Giants 17 Washington Redskins 27 (Record: 8-4)
December 12 at Minnesota
Unbeknownst to who the Vikings starting quarterback will be when these two teams play, let's all assume the ageless Brett Favre will be returning for another season for the purple and gold.
If that's the case, the better team wins the game; and that's the Minnesota Vikings.
New York Giants 21 Minnesota Vikings 28 (Record: 8-5)
December 19 vs. Philadelphia
This game will be the second game of the season between both teams and by this point, with the playoffs around the corner, the Giants will be battling for a playoff spot.
Coughlin is under scrutiny for having lost two in a row, but the Giants find away to get their season back on track against a young and inexperienced Eagles team, as the Giants are victorious in this must win game.
New York Giants 27 Philadelphia Eagles 21 (Record: 9-5)
December 26 at Green Bay
The Giants play their second to last game of the season at the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field against the Packers.
All Giant fans remember the last time the Giants played at Lambeau, right? (Do I really need to explain? I don't think so)
But the Giants are on the losing end this time around.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers torches the Giants secondary, as the Packers clinch the NFC North Division Title and earn a second consecutive trip to the playoffs.
New York Giants 17 Green Bay Packers 27 (Record: 9-6)
January 2 at Washington
Entering the final week of the season, the Giants playoffs have already begun, as they face a "win and you're in" scenario.
A win against the Redskins clinches a playoff berth, while a loss sends the Giants packing for the summer.
Manning proves that he's worth every penny of his six year/$97.5 million extension. Manning takes the team on his back and has his best game of the season, while leading the Giants to the playoffs.
New York Giants 31 Washington Redskins 27 (Record: 10-6)