Preseason schedules were released last week, and getting a chance to look at it now for the first time, the match-ups should get the New York Giants plenty ready for the 2013 regular season. Even if preseason results don’t matter (and they don’t) they are used to evaluate new players, rookies and undrafted free agents that are brought in looking for their chance to shine.
Week one the Giants will head to the Keystone State to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The first week you don’t see too much out of starters, however, it’s the first taste of competition. Why not take on a team that perennially makes the playoffs?
Week two brings the Giants home to take on Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on Fox. Do I expect some regression from the Colts? Yes I do. However, this is a team that made the playoffs last season, and has some weapons on both sides of the ball.
Week three is the battle of New York against the New York Jets. The players may not care too much, but there is some smack talk from each teams’ fans about it. It gives the starters a full half, plus a little bit of the third quarter as well. You can say what you want to about the ineptitude of the Jets’ offense, however, even if they trade Darrelle Revis, the defense always brings it under Rex Ryan.
The finale, as it has been for years, is against the New England Patriots. You won’t see a lot (or any) of the Patriots’ star players, but this has been a emerged as a big rivalry (two Super Bowl upsets will cause that).
A big plus to the Giants schedule, is facing all teams that run the 3-4 scheme on defense, something they will face quite a bit this season, especially within the division. While all schemes aren’t the same, the offense can prepare a bit more for it.
Football is just around the corner. The draft is a couple weeks away, and the preseason schedule gives us a little tease at the upcoming season.