New York Giants: 2013 NFL Season Predictions
New York Giants 2013 Season Predictions
It’s that time of year again, folks! The time of year where everyone can look into the future and see that the NFL Regular Season is on the horizon. Draft Day is less than a week, and everyone is anticipating his or her team’s regular season with vigorous optimism.
Yesterday at 8 p.m. ET, the 2013 NFL regular season schedule was released. Analysis articles poured onto the site shortly following their distribution throughout the Internet. Needless to say, fans the nation over are breaking down the schedule and seeing what teams will provide favorable matchups for the squad for which they support. Luckily for people who do the previously stated, they have articles such as this one to compare their predictions with.
That’s right, now is a better time than ever to dust off the old crystal ball and play the role of football psychic. Time will tell if my predictions proclaim me as clairvoyant, but as of now, the following slides all seem like the most logical choices from the writer’s point of view.
The next 16 slides will breakdown each game and give a final prediction as to who will win. As stated in the analysis article, the New York Giants will face a difficult streak of competition later in the season. As a team that the media covers frantically, there will be no end to the debate as to what predictions are accurate and which are not. Start the debating, because — as far as I’m concerned — it is a new day and the NFL season is slated to begin!
Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys
Result: Giants win: 27-24
Giants-Dallas Cowboys affairs are always close. But, as a history major in college, it is difficult to ignore the fact that the ‘Boys have never beaten the Giants on their newly erected home turf. This trend is most likely to continue, much to the dismay of the Dallas hopeful packed into Jerry Jones’ monolithic sporting venue.
Week 2: vs. Denver Broncos
Result: Giants lose: 35- 28
Optimistically, I’m calling this to be a fraternal quarterback shootout for the ages. Giants QB Eli Manning has never beaten his brother, Peyton Manning. When you include that with the fact that both teams have some explosive weaponry at the skill positions, a good show with plenty of fireworks is promised. But, big brother will most likely maintain his edge over the Giants’ Manning.
Week 3: at Carolina Panthers
Result: Giants win: 42- 13
The Giants turned it on in the most eye opening fashion against the Carolina Panthers last year. With Robert Griffin III in the same division as the G-Men, they know how to contain freakishly athletic quarterbacks. While Cam Newton maintains his status as one of the league’s brightest rising stars, he will continue his struggles against the Giants in Week 3 of 2013.
Week 4: at Kansas City Chiefs
Result: Giants lose: 28-23
Don’t underestimate the Kansas City Chiefs. Yes, they were the epitome of NFL futility in 2011 and 2012. But, they beat the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers in 2011. Moreover, they have made some stellar offseason acquisitions and have added to a roster that already had a considerable amount of talent on it. Lastly, Head Coach Andy Reid always seemed to have New York’s number during his days with the Eagles. This is a game that the Giants should win, but they are known to lose many games that they should’ve won.
Week 5: at the Philadelphia Eagles
Result: Giants win: 14- 10
Both teams know each other very well. That being said, this will be a low scoring affair. The Giants should squeeze out a narrow victory against rookie Head Coach Chip Kelly. While the Eagles have a good track record against the Giants in recent years, a new regime is in Philly and I don’t expect Kelly to take the league by storm in the same fashion as Jim Harbaugh did two seasons ago.
Week 6: at Chicago Bears
Result: Giants win: 13-9
The Chicago Bears are a team that, like the Giants, can look unbeatable one week and abysmal the next. A defensive affair, this matchup will feature a lot of hard-hitting action in the windy city. The difference will be Manning’s better track record in the clutch than Jay Cutler’s. Manning will engineer one touchdown drive to put the G-Men over the top. /p>
Week 7: at the Minnesota Vikings
Result: Giants win: 24- 14
Adrian Peterson can’t do it all alone. And Christian Ponder has proven to be inconsistent in his first few years in the NFL. The Giants will zero in on Peterson and hope that the stellar running back will be contained. But, if Peterson runs wild, then the game could be far different than predicted. As always, everything depends on Peterson.
Week 8: at Philadelphia Eagles
Result: Giants lose: 42- 24
Recently, according to NFL.com, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy referred to Philly’s practices as a “track meet”. The Giants lack that level of speed on defense, and Philadelphia will want to redeem themselves after an embarrassing Week 5 loss. Look for this season series to be split 1-1.
Week 9: Bye
In Week 9, the Giants get a well-placed bye- one that's located around the middle of the season. This will be a perfect opportunity for them to get healthy and prepare for an ending stretch of the season that promises to be filled with adversity.
Week 10: vs the Oakland Raiders
Result: Giants win: 38-10
The Oakland Raiders—once looking like they were emerging from the NFL’s abyss in 2010—are a team that lacks identity. The Giants demolished Oakland in 2009- the twilight of the Raiders’ woeful JaMarcus Russell saga. New York, playing at home, will want to wash out the taste of inner-division defeat from the previous week. Look for Manning and company to win big in this matchup.
Week 11: vs Green Bay Packers
Result: Giants lose: 27-19
The Packers will want to get payback for their embarrassing loss in 2012. Moreover, they still have yet to avenge their 2011 playoff loss where they were unexpectedly booted from contention. The Giants will fight valiantly, but it is around this time of the season where New York begins to struggle. Look for that trend to continue.
Week 12: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Result: Giants win 24-17
The Giants have been known to sweep the Cowboys every few seasons. With a split series last season, the G-Men will have Tony Romo and company’s number once again and will be able to gain an edge in the NFC East title hunt.
Week 13: at Washington Redskins
Result: Giants lose: 45- 13
Every NFC East fan—other than Redskins fans—exclaimed their fury to the heavens when Washington traded up for Griffin. For the next ten plus seasons—pending Griffin’s health—the Washington Redskins' quarterback will run wild on the division. The Giants—riding high from a victory against Dallas the previous week—will let their guard down against their other rivals, the Redskins. As a result, Griffin III will have a field day against a lax Giants defense
Week 14: at San Diego Chargers
Result: Giants win: 20-17
The last time the Giants played the San Diego Chargers, it was the first time Manning faced the team that he rejected in the 2004 NFL Draft. That 2009 matchup resulted in late-game heroics for Charger’s QB Philip Rivers. However, the tables have turned and Rivers’ status as an elite QB is in question. In contrast, Manning—while coming off a disappointing 2012 season—is still considered one the league’s best. It will be close, but Rivers recent struggles in the clutch will give New York an edge.
Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks
Result: Giants lose: 20-9
It’s no secret that the Giants had red zone issues in 2012. Look for that trend to continue against the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom. The difference in this matchup will be New York’s three wasted trips to the red zone that could have resulted in touchdowns. Instead, all of their red zone trips will all result in field goals. Moreover, Seattle’s exceptional secondary will prove to be too much for New York’s otherwise talented receivers. Most likely, Seattle is a team that will be battling for a number 1 seed in the NFC. Every game down the stretch will count, and they won’t waste an opportunity to defeat an overmatched Giants team.
Week 16: at Detroit Lions
Result: Giants win: 31- 12
Aside from the feared Megatron—Calvin Johnson—the Detroit Lions have no weapons on their offensive roster that the Giants can’t account for. Reggie Bush may provide some issues, but that can be countered with a younger and more electric David Wilson on the Giants' offensive squad. Moreover, a struggling Lions’ offensive line will provide opportunities for Jason Pierre-Paul to get into the backfield and devastate Matthew Stafford. The Giants, who will be fighting for their playoff lives once again, will see that their backs are against the wall and see that they need to play their best game--bad news for Detroit.
Week 17: vs. Washington Redskins
Result: Giants win: 28-27
This game may be for the division title. Like always, the NFC East will come down to the sixteenth game of the season. The Giants, who are known to get it together when winning is essential, will narrowly squeeze out a victory in a late-season thriller that will be remembered as one of 2013’s best competitions.
Some Final Thoughts
In summation, the Giants are predicted to go 10-6 in a season that will not be as punishing as 2012. In 2010, the Giants had the same record and found themselves on the outside of the playoffs. The NFC East always comes down to the final game — competition that will provide for great tension during the 2013 NFL season.