6-2 In First Half Possible For New York Giants?

By Andrew Lecointe
Jim O’Connor — USA Today Sports

When taking a glance at the first four games of the 2013 season for the New York Giants, it isn’t out of the possibility that the Giants will start 0-4. Three of the first four games are on the road, and the one home game in that stretch is against the QB Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. This is certainly not the way the Giants wanted to start the season, but it isn’t as bad as it seems.

Just as much as the Giants can start 0-4, they can possibly start 4-0 as well. The three road games in their first four overall games are against the Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Cowboys have yet to beat the Giants in Cowboys Stadium, so that works in the Giants’ favor. The Panthers and Chiefs are question marks heading into the upcoming season.

The Panthers are waiting on QB Cam Newton to develop into that franchise quarterback, and it’s possible he could do so this season. However, there isn’t any reason to suggest he will, but you never know. No one really knows what to expect from the Chiefs. They look really good on paper, led by newly acquired QB Alex Smith and newly acquired head coach Andy Reid.

However, the Giants didn’t have problems against Smith in the 2011 NFC Championship Game when he was the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, a game the Giants won en route to winning a championship. When the Giants played the 49ers in Week 6 of the 2012 season, the Giants made things miserable for Smith, picking him off three times in a dominant win. This bodes well for the Giants.

The next four games has the Giants playing the Philadelphia Eagles twice, a road game against the Chicago Bears and a home game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles are unknown as well because we have yet to see them in newly acquired head coach Chip Kelly’s offense. That offense could be a really good fit for the Eagles, or it could blow up in their face by the time they face the Giants.

Even though it is a road game against the Bears, the Giants shouldn’t have a problem beating the Bears. As long as they have QB Jay Cutler, they always shown inconsistency and it doesn’t seem as if that’ll change this upcoming season. The Vikings did make the playoffs, but QB Christian Ponder will have to play a lot better for the Vikings to be a playoff team again. If Ponder doesn’t show improvement, this should be an easy win as well.

Even though five out of their first eight games are on the road, the Giants should be able to get to that record they always seem to find in their first eight games, 6-2. In the 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, the Giants started their first eight games at 6-2. The Giants should know very well though. It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.


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