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2018 New York Giants Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Times and TV Info

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2018

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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The New York Giants are coming off their worst season in 40 years, which puts a lot of pressure on 2018.

Injuries were a major problem on both sides of the ball, but those on the field struggled mightily as the squad finished with a 3-13 record, second worst in the NFL. Eli Manning had been a fixture at quarterback since being drafted in 2004, but now there are question marks about his future with the organization.

New York will hope new coach Pat Shurmur can help turn things around to navigate a difficult schedule that was released Thursday.

Here is a look at the complete schedule for the Giants in the 2018 regular season, per the team's official site.

                  

Giants' 2018 Schedule

Week 1: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox

Week 2: at Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 16 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

Week 3: at Houston Texans on Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox

Week 4: vs. New Orleans Saints on Sept. 30 at 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS

Week 5: at Carolina Panthers on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox

Week 6: vs. Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 11 at 8:20 p.m. ET on Fox/NFL Network

Week 7: at Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 22 at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN

Week 8: vs. Washington Redskins on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox

Week 9: BYE

Week 10: at San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 12 at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN

Week 11: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox

Week 12: at Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox

Week 13: vs. Chicago Bears on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox

Week 14: at Washington Redskins on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox

Week 15: vs. Tennessee Titans on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS

Week 16: at Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS

Week 17: vs. Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox

             

Analysis

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There are still plenty of changes to be made before the start of next season, with the upcoming NFL draft likely playing the biggest role. The squad has a chance to land an impact player with the No. 2 overall pick or potentially set the franchise up for the long term.

In the meantime, the Giants have already improved in several key areas.

Perhaps the most notable addition is former Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder, who will likely slide into the left tackle spot after protecting Tom Brady's blind side for seven years. By adding Solder and Patrick Omameh while moving Ereck Flowers, the team could upgrade one of the biggest weaknesses from 2017.

There is also plenty of talent defensively, even after trading Jason Pierre-Paul.

Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins are game-changers at their positions and should make the defense better than the 31st-ranked unit we saw last season.

Unfortunately, the schedule won't do the Giants any favors. According to ESPN, the opponents had a .520 win percentage last season, tied for the eighth toughest in the NFL.

Matchups against the NFC South and AFC South create five extra matchups against playoff teams, not to mention the always difficult battles within the division. New York could be in for a tough test throughout the season.

              

Pivotal Matchups

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The teams in the NFC East might not always have the best records, but the rivalries are as good as anywhere in the NFL. Perhaps the biggest matchup will be against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in a Thursday night game on Oct. 11.

Philadelphia not only won its first Super Bowl in franchise history last season, but the worst part for Giants fans is that it also wasn't a fluke. The team returns tons of talent on both sides of the ball and added Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata to an already stacked defensive line.

The rebuilt Giants offensive line will face a serious test in this game.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys should be back to contention with Ezekiel Elliott hoping to play a full 16 games. The good news is New York has limited the running back to just one touchdown in three games against them over the past two years.

If the Giants can do this again, they will have a chance to earn a key win against a divisional opponent.

However, the schedule could come down the health of opposing quarterbacks, especially with Carson Wentz, Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson on the schedule.

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