Giants Win-Loss predictions for the 2019 Season

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 30: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants hands the ball off to Saquon Barkley #26 during the first quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 30: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants hands the ball off to Saquon Barkley #26 during the first quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The 2019 NFL regular season is just around the corner, and it promises to be a different, but intriguing year.

This goes without saying for the New York Giants, who will have to make perhaps the biggest transition in the entire league. Obviously, Odell Beckham Jr. is now a Cleveland Brown. Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram will look to prove themselves as a viable duo in the passing game.

For the first time since he was drafted, Eli Manning is not a lock to start the entire season. Daniel Jones, the No. 6 pick in this offseason’s NFL Draft, has already shown legitimate flashes of potential in the preseason. Expect fans to be calling for Jones if the Big Blue get off to a shaky start.

The Giants could also have as many as 11 new starters, including a rookie at every level of the defense.

But what does all of this offseason noise mean in terms of wins and losses? Here’s a look at how I see the regular season playing out, with my game-by-game predictions:

Week 1 (Sept. 8) – @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

At this point, a season opener against any other team would just feel awkward. However, it would probably be good news for New York. Dallas has won five of the past six meetings in Jerry’s World, and I think the trend will continue this year. The Giants’ new-look offense will struggle to keep up on the scoreboard against one of the best defenses in the business.

Prediction: Loss

Record: 0-1

Week 2 (Sept. 15) – vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

I genuinely believe that Buffalo will be a much tougher out than some may think. With that being said, I also don’t believe they’ll be able to stop Saquon Barkley and the Giants’ running game. Big Blue’s offense will bounce back after a rough week in Dallas.

Prediction: Win

Record: 1-1

Week 3 (Sept. 22) – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m.

Offensive-minded Head Coach Bruce Arians has a lot of weapons to work with this year. Mike Evans remains one of best in the business at his position, with third-year receiver Chris Godwin on the cusp of his first 1,000-yard season. The combination of those two along with tight ends Cameron Brate and OJ Howard will be too much for the Giants’ secondary to handle.

Prediction: Loss

Record: 1-2

Week 4 (Sept. 29) – vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.

This could potentially be the first meeting between the Giants and the quarterback they most recently passed up on in the draft, Dwayne Haskins. If playing, expect Haskins to be highly motivated, but not necessarily effective. Although its just preseason, the Redskins have looked like an absolute mess, and they’re going to need a few weeks to try and figure everything out.

Prediction: Win

Record: 2-2

Week 5 (Oct. 6) – vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.

Despite coming off of a disappointing season, Minnesota’s roster is still loaded with talent everywhere you look. The Vikings have arguably the top wide receiver tandem in the league in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, along with Dalvin Cook in the backfield and a premier defense. I don’t believe the Giants will be able to exploit Minnesota’s Achilles heal, the offensive line, so things could get ugly here.

Prediction: Loss

Record: 2-3

Week 6 (Oct. 10) – Thursday Night Football @ New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m.

A short week to prepare for a game in Foxborough against Bill Belichick? The giants have had New England’s number in big games in the past, but this Giants team is not ready to make that step up quite yet.

Prediction: Loss


Week 7 (Oct. 20) – vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.

This may be the point in the season where fans start to call Daniel Jones’ name. A win here will maybe somewhat calm them, as the Cardinals look like a squad that will end up picking in the top five at the NFL Draft for the second consecutive year.

Prediction: Win

Record: 3-4

Week 8 (Oct. 27) – @ Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

Speaking of teams picking in the top five, how about Matt Patricia’s group? The Giants will bounce back with two straight wins against sub-.500 teams.

Prediction: Win

Record: 4-4

Week 9 (Nov. 4) – Monday Night Football vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:15 p.m.

A Giants team that has somehow made its way back to .500 facing a group that could very well be leading the division by now. The Big Blue faithful will be the loudest they’ve been all season, propelling the Giants to build off their momentum and upset Dallas on national TV.

Prediction: Win

Record: 5-4

Week 10 (Nov. 10) – @ New York Jets, 1 p.m.

The Jets have had a few moments in recent memory where it seemed like they were ready to become a perennial playoff team. With the addition of Quinnen Williams to go along with some nice free agent signings and the young, promising duo of Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams, this could finally be the start for Jets fans.

Prediction: Loss

Record: 5-5

Week 11 – BYE

At 5-5, the Giants will be heading into the bye week with a better record than many fans may have anticipated. However, this is the point in the season where the strength of schedule increases dramatically, as they’ll gear up for four games against playoff-bound teams.

Week 12 (Nov. 24) – @ Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

As much as the Giants’ offensive line has improved, I don’t see it holding up in a game at Chicago against Khalil Mack and company. It will be even more difficult to hold up on the road, in cold weather, where the Bears tend to thrive.

Prediction: Loss

Record: 5-6

Week 13 (Dec. 1) – vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.

The biggest problem for the Giants this year will be on the defensive side of the ball. Thus, a matchup against an Aaron Rodgers-led-offense that will look to be creative under Matt LaFleur will not go well for New York.

Prediction: Loss

Record: 5-7

Week 14 (Dec. 9) – Monday Night Football @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 p.m.

A must-win, prime time game in an atmosphere like Philly, against a team that is a popular pick to reach the super bowl, is not ideal for Pat Shurmur’s group to say the least. This could very well be Eli Manning’s last start as a New York Giant.

Prediction: Loss

Record: 5-8

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Week 15 (Dec. 15) – vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

It would makes sense for the Giants to give Daniel Jones his first start against a sub .500 team like Miami. Expect the offense to be rejuvenated, and for a big fantasy day out of Saquon against a bad team. Shurmur will lean on him while slowly integrating Jones into the offense.

Prediction: Win

Record: 6-8

Week 16 (Dec. 22) – @ Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
If Dwayne Haskins didn’t start in the first meeting between these division rivals, he will definitely be starting by now. I expect Haskins to have a shaky rookie season behind a questionable offensive line with limited weapons. The G-MEN take advantage and inch toward a .500 season.

Prediction: Win

Record: 7-8

Week 17 (Dec. 29) – vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.

Unless the Eagles don’t have anything to play for, expect New York’s woes against Philadelphia to continue. The Giants will finish the season at 7-9, a two game improvement from a year ago.

Prediction: Loss

Final Record: 7-9