Last season the New York Giants had their worst record since Tom Coughlin‘s first year as head coach back in 2004. A team that’s used to getting out to hot starts, the Giants started the year 0-6 before finishing the season 7-9.
That poor start wasn’t helped by the schedule makers. The Giants played five of their first eight games against playoff teams, and another two games against teams eliminated on the final day of the season. This season things are different and the Giants are set up perfectly for a great start. Here is a look at their schedule for the 2014 season:
Week 1: @ Detroit Lions, Monday, Sept. 8 at 7:10PM Eastern
Week 2: vs Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 14 at 1PM Eastern
Week 3: vs Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 21 at 1PM Eastern
Week 4: @ Washington Redskins, Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8:25PM Eastern
Week 5: vs Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1PM Eastern
Week 6: @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 12 at 8:30PM Eastern
Week 7: @ Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 19 at 4:25PM Eastern
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: vs Indianapolis Colts, Monday, Nov. 3 at 8:30PM Eastern
Week 10: @ Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 9 at 4:25PM Eastern
Week 11: vs San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Nov. 16 at 1PM Eastern
Week 12: vs Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 23 at 8:30PM Eastern
Week 13: @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 30 at 1PM Eastern
Week 14: @ Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 7 at 1PM Eastern
Week 15: vs Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. at 14 1PM Eastern
Week 16: @ St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4:05PM Eastern
Week 17: vs Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 28 at 1PM Eastern
The first five games on the Giants’ schedule feature teams that missed the playoffs last year, including two teams that are picking in the top 10 in next month’s NFL Draft. In fact, the Giants only play one playoff team from last year before their Week 8 bye.
While each team has realistic reasons to believe they’re in store for a Kansas City Chiefs-like turnaround — the Texans, Redskins and Falcons were playoff teams in 2012, and the Lions in 2011 — the Giants get them at a good time. Three of their first four opponents have first-year head coaches.
Their hardest stretch is from Weeks 6-12; they face two straight division rivals on the road before their bye, then play the Colts, Seahawks, 49ers and Cowboys in successive weeks. But after that stretch the Giants face only one playoff team from last season, and three teams that finished in last-place in their respective divisions.
The final game should offer a sense of optimism for Giants fans. The last few years the NFC East has been decided on the last game of the season. This year the schedule makers have the Giants facing the Eagles — the presumed NFC East favorite — on the last day of the season.
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