New York Giants 2015 Schedule: Is It As Weak As We Think?


Dan Salomone of reports on a generally weak New York Giants’ 2015 strength of schedule.  Giants’ opponents had a combined .478 winning percentage in 2014, giving Big Blue the 12th easiest schedule (tied with Washington) in the league next season. The Giants will face only three 2014 playoff teams, including the sub-.500, division-winning Panthers.

However, NFL schedulers hardly have the process down to a science– the NFC East Champion Cowboys (.467) and the 10-6 Eagles (.475) were afforded the 9th and 10th easiest schedules, respectively. Surprisingly, the Super Bowl Champion Patriots also drew a better schedule (.477) than the Giants with the 11th easiest in the league.

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In addition to their usual NFC East foes, the 2015 Giants will face the Falcons (6-10), Panthers (7-8-1), Patriots (12-4), Jets (4-12) and 49ers (8-8) at home and the Saints (7-9), Buccaneers (2-14), Bills (9-7), Dolphins (8-8), and Vikings (7-9) on the road.

The 2015 face-off with the rival Jets will be the Giants’ first regular season “home” meeting with Gang Green at MetLife Stadium.  In the teams’ only previous meeting, a home game for the Jets, Victor Cruz took a screen pass 99 yards in leading the Giants to an historic 29-14 win on Christmas Eve. Cruz’s legendary run propelled the G-Men to their first of 6 straight wins that would result in the Giants second Super Bowl victory in four years.

The Giants Professor says:
Make an early mental note for yourself to watch for these things on the Giants 2015 schedule:

  • Perry Fewell in Washington: With Fewell as their new defensive backs coach, it will be interesting to see how the Redskins’ secondary fares against Eli Manning.
  • Rex Ryan in Buffalo: What’s more fun than a battle against Rex Ryan?
  • The New York Jets: Okay, this might be even more fun than Rex. Look for Steve Spagnuolo to shut down Chan Gailey, Todd Bowles and –maybe– Amari Cooper.
  • Jameis Winston: The Giants could get an early peek at the potential first pick in this year’s draft, if reports hold true and he goes to the Bucs.
  • The New England Patriots: Nothing has been more satisfying for Giants fans than the battles between Tom Brady and Eli Manning, even some of the losses.

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