NFL 17-game schedule: NY Giants decidedly mediocre in 16-game era

The 2021 season will be a new era with the NFL set to play a 17-game schedule for the first time in the history of the league, and for the NY Giants, it has the chance to be a bit of a welcomed change.

This upcoming season, the Giants‘ additional game will be against Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins, but before looking too far ahead at the 2021 season, it’s worth taking a look back on how New York fared during this most recent era of the NFL.

While the NY Giants won all four of the franchise’s Super Bowls since the NFL began playing 16 games back in 1978, the Giants were just a middle-of-the-road regular season team.

As the graphic below points out, the NY Giants boasted a 340-338-2 record in the 42 seasons that featured 16 games, a .502 winning percentage:

In the NFC East alone, the NY Giants won fewer

The NY Giants’ overall winning percentage has been dragged down by the past four seasons, with the franchise producing just an 18-46 record since 2017.

When the 2021 NFL season kicks off, the NY Giants are optimistic that quarterback Daniel Jones entering his third season following an offseason spending spree that’s included signing free agent wide receiver Kenny Golladay, defensive back Adoree’ Jackson, and others will be a springboard to success in the 17-game era.


Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.