The New York Giants schedule is as follows:
Week 1: at the Dallas Cowboys
Week 2: vs. the Denver Broncos
Week 3: at the Carolina Panthers
Week 4: at the Kansas City Chiefs
Week 5: at the Philadelphia Eagles
Week 6: at the Chicago Bears
Week 7: at the Minnesota Vikings
Week 8: at the Eagles
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: vs. the Oakland Raiders
Week 11: vs. the Green Bay Packers
Week 12: vs. the Cowboys
Week 13: at the Washington Redskins
Week 14: at the San Diego Chargers
Week 15: vs. the Seattle Seahawks
Week 16: at the Detroit Lions
Week 17: vs. the Redskins
For the Giants, there promises to be ample amounts of tension from the early games of 2013. Right out of the gate, the Giants will be playing in Texas against their nemeses, the Cowboys. As if the media coverage isn’t heightened enough for a Giants at Cowboys matchup, one can assume it will be amplified even more for a special occasion– the Week 2 Manning Bowl.
Quarterback Eli Manning has never trumped his older brother, Peyton Manning in a matchup- a task that will prove difficult when you analyze the sheer firepower that Denver boasts on offense. New York’s weak cornerback roster will have a difficult time covering the Broncos’ wideouts Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker.
Over the last few years, New York was assigned a schedule with several tough opponents down the stretch. Unfortunately for Big Blue, that trend continues with late season home games against the Packers, a second Cowboys showdown, the Seahawks, and a final game Week 17 matchup against the Redskins. The latter most game could be one that decides the winner of the NFC East.
The only bright side that comes with this is the fact that they get a bye shortly before this tough stretch of matchups begins.
The Giants conference opponents will be the teams residing in the NFC North. This is bad news due to the sheer amount of talent in that division. The Packers’ talent is well documented, and the Vikings, the Bears, and the Lions are all teams that should be competitive in 2013.
However, the Giants can find relief in the fact that they will be playing the AFC West in 2013. It is a division that only boasts one threatening team, the Broncos. The Giants’ only AFC victory in 2012 was against the Cleveland Browns– the weakest link in an otherwise formidable AFC North.
If the Giants play at the level of which they are capable, then their 1-3 AFC record can be flipped to a 3-1 record. This is something that will be monumental in their playoff push.
Like always, it will be a tough season for New York, but the competitive nature of the NFC East may mean that they will only need nine or ten wins to claim the division.