The New York Giants ultimate goal is to get in the playoffs and give themselves a fighting chance at winning it all. The Giants actually have a chance to get to the playoffs this season. Reasons one and two outlined how Eli Manning is a great franchise quarterback and how his talented weapons could get the Giants over the hump. Reason three was the Giants expect to have an impressive pass rush.
Today we are going to focus on the schedule. The road the Giants have to go through isn’t all that treacherous (mind you it is early for all these predictions). The Giants play the NFC South and the AFC East. Their two wild card matchups are the Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers.
Sep 25, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The Carolina Panthers won the NFC South division title with only six wins to their name. While each NFC South team figures to be a little improved, there doesn’t appear to be a potential juggernaut in the mix.
The Giants have the fire power to match the high octane offenses of the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints and neither team can handle all the Giants offensive playmakers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are an interesting team. The Buccaneers are looking for a fresh start with Jameis Winston leading them. That may be a team to keep your eyes on.
The Patriots won the Super Bowl but the Giants are accustomed to beating the Patriots as underdogs. The Giants actually match up well; the Patriots secondary is a potential problem area for their team. The Bills and Jets don’t have quarterbacks but should be impressive defensively. They will be tough but awfully winnable games.
The Giants divisional games are always tough because there is a lot of familiarity. The division games are the key. If they can sweep the Washington Redskins and split the season series between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, the Giants should give themselves a shot.
The point is that there are some awfully winnable games on the Giants schedule and if they don’t succeed, they have nothing but themselves to blame. The Giants have a chance to go to the playoffs because the path is doable.
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