NFL Schedule Release 2015: New York Giants Will Go 10-6


The football season is here! Well, sort of. Last night, the NFL Schedule Release 2015 dropped which means each team’s schedule will be dissected. It’s never too early to prognosticate, right?

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The New York Giants open up in Dallas on Sunday Night Football, and is there really any other way to start the season? This is a classic matchup and should be a great watch. Last season, the Giants lost both of their matchups to the Cowboys, and I think they fall in Week 1 as well.

I know DeMarco Murray is gone, but their offensive line is truly phenomenal. Giving Tony Romo an effective and heavy run game led to him leading the league in QBR, and with the Giants revamped secondary getting their feet wet in Week 1, I don’t think they hold up.

From there, I see the team winning three of their next four games against inferior opponents: Atlanta, Washington, and San Francisco. Sandwiched in between those three wins is a game in Buffalo that can be a real challenge.

Buffalo brings one of the better pass rushes in the game, add that with the aggressive style of Rex Ryan with a Giants offensive line that is still a bit of a question mark, and this could spell trouble. Plus, you add a rushing attack of LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson against a Giants run defense that was ranked 30th in the league last year. It just doesn’t sound too enticing.

Within the first six weeks, the Giants play four primetime games, which I’m not a big fan of. The losses just sting more in primetime games as a fan because you wait all day for the game and it leads to disappointment. Plus you go to bed ticked off and really hate going to work the next day. Sometimes those 1:00PM Sunday games are fine too, schedule makers.

The Giants then finish that stretch of games with back to back division games against Dallas and Philadelphia, which I think they split. A win at home against Dallas, and a loss against Philly in Philly. The Eagles ran the most read option plays in the NFL last year, and the Giants were atrocious in attempting to stop it. I get that Perry Fewell is gone and Steve Spagnuolo’s defense is much different, but until I see discipline from this defense I won’t believe it.

The Giants then play Tampa Bay and New Orleans in which I think they win both matchups against two very mediocre teams. If this was three years ago I would be very worried for this team heading into New Orleans, but last season the Saints really struggled at home posting a 3-5 record. Their home field advantage is a shell of it’s former self.

Mark your calendars for Week 10 because the Giants and Patriots face off for the first time -not counting preseason- since their Super Bowl XLVI matchup. Bill Belichick will be prepping extra hard for this one considering New England has lost their last 3 games against New York going back to Super Bowl XLII.

I see New England finally getting the upper hand in this matchup because I think they’re the better football team, and quite frankly a better coached team as well. That’s no knock on Tom Coughlin, but his unwillingness to adapt and change in-game strategies still boggles my mind till this day. Belichick adapts like nobody else this game has ever seen.

Dec 7, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin during warm ups prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants then finish their final six games with Washington, the Jets, Miami, Carolina, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. During that stretch I think they go 4-2 with a win against their New York counterpart who I feel just aren’t ready to win big games with their current quarterback situation. I see wins against Washington, Minnesota, and Miami who I feel are still transitioning teams that at this point aren’t real contenders just yet.

A 10-6 season would certainly be a big jump for this team from their prior two seasons and would most likely lead to a playoff spot, which is a place that Giant fans haven’t seen in awhile. My predictions are based on where the opponent currently stands.

As the season goes on there will be games against inferior opponents in which they struggle, and games in which they play strong competition that sees them play very well. Projections at this point mean close to nothing because the season is so unpredictable week in and week out, but I do think this team roams around the 10 win mark and a postseason berth in 2015.

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