The New York Giants had better get used to playing at night. In 2013, they will play no less than five night games, and could end up with more than that. The schedule is a testament to the status the Giants have as one of America’s more popular teams, and a byproduct of their recent success. One other notable part of the Giants’ schedule is that it’s considerably easier than last year … at least on paper.
The 2012 Giants’ schedule was rated as the hardest in all of the NFL. The 2013 version ranks 24th, with their opponents combined record under .500, at 123-133. It doesn’t start out easy, however. In Week One, they play perhaps their biggest game of the year on the road at the Dallas Cowboys. That game could set the tone for their entire season. Week Two will be one of the most hyped games of the entire NFL season. The Denver Broncos come to town, setting up another edition of Peyton Manning against younger brother Eli Manning. It’s conceivable the Giants will be 0-2 out of the gate.
The schedule gets a little easier from there though, with the Giants playing three consecutive teams with losing records. However, they do draw a tough Thursday night road game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The two high-profile division games against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins come later in the year, including the last regular season game in New York.
With an easier path to the playoffs, there’s reason for hope in New York next year.
B.L. Lippert is a sports writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @coachlip