New York Giants’ Schedule 2014: Predicting the Outcome of Every Game

Predicting the Outcome of Every Game for the 2014 New York Giants Schedule

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Although it's largely an exercise in futility before the draft begins, predicting the outcomes of every game after the NFL schedule is released is a common practice for fans and journalists of every team. While there's still quite a bit that can, and will, change prior to the opening kickoff of Packers-Seahawks on Sept. 4, free agency has largely run its course. Here's an early prediction on the outcome of every Giants game in 2014.

Week 1 (at Detroit)- Lions 27, Giants 23 (0-1)

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Week 1 (at Detroit)- Lions 27, Giants 23 (0-1)

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Given the Giants' schedule, the revamped secondary will get challenged early and often this season. The season starts with an assignment of Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Matthew Stafford, and for a team with a lot of new faces on it, no one would be surprised if it takes the Giants a few games to gel. While the Giants can certainly win this game, on the road in the Monday Night opener is a tough way to start the season out.

Week 2 (vs. Arizona)- Giants 24, Cardinals 21 (1-1)

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Week 2 (vs. Arizona)- Giants 24, Cardinals 21 (1-1)

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It doesn't get any easier for the New York secondary as Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd come to town in Week 2. The Cardinals were one of the upstart teams in 2013, missing the playoffs despite getting 10 wins, and are looking to carry that momentum into next season. While this will be a difficult matchup for the Giants to avoid going 0-2, Eli Manning will pull one out late after trailing most of the game.

Week 3 (vs. Houston)- Giants 21, Texans 13 (2-1)

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Week 3 (vs. Houston)- Giants 21, Texans 13 (2-1)

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In Week 3, JJ Watt, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and the Houston Texans will visit MetLife Stadium. The Texans are still without a definitive starting QB, so it's difficult to forecast how this team will look come September, especially with the top pick in the fold. Whomever they bring in, be it a rookie or a vet to allow the rookie time to learn, it doesn't figure to be a game-changer for this season. The Giants' D will prevail here.

Week 4 (at Washington)- Giants 30, Redskins 27 (3-1)

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Week 4 (at Washington)- Giants 30, Redskins 27 (3-1)

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Despite the Redskins' record last season, this game will not be easy for the Giants. Playing on a Thursday night in Washington with RGIII another year removed from his knee injury, this could be a tough row to hoe for New York. The Redskins' defense was the team's Achilles heel last season, and without major changes this offseason, it could be again next season. Eli wins a shootout with Griffin because he has the ball last.

Week 5 (vs. Atlanta)- Giants 27, Falcons 24 (4-1)

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Week 5 (vs. Atlanta)- Giants 27, Falcons 24 (4-1)

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The run of difficult receivers continues, as the Giants get Julio Jones and Roddy White in Week 5. The Falcons figure to be much improved off of last year's debacle, and with their full complement, they gave the Giants fits the year before. That being said, you can't just completely write off Atlanta's 2013 season due to bad health, and the Giants can find ways to exploit their defensive shortcomings in this matchup.

Week 6 (at Philadelphia)- Eagles 27, Giants 17 (4-2)

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Week 6 (at Philadelphia)- Eagles 27, Giants 17 (4-2)

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The Giants' four game win streak comes to an end in Philadelphia Week 6. The Eagles always give the Giants fits, and this time figures to be no different. The Giants stymied Chip Kelly's offense in the first game between the teams, but that was largely because backup Matt Barkley was forced into action. Facing Nick Foles later in the season, the Giants were overwhelmed by Kelly's offense, which could happen again here.

Week 7 (at Dallas)- Cowboys 30, Giants 24 (4-3)

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Week 7 (at Dallas)- Cowboys 30, Giants 24 (4-3)

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When the Giants play in Dallas, the games are almost always a tossup. Inevitably, the game will be close and then there will be a crucial late-game play by one of the teams which will result in victory. It seems as if they're playing the same script almost every time, but the Cowboys' offense could prove too much for the Giants in what figures to be somewhat of a shootout. Eli throws a late pick to seal the victory for Dallas.

Week 9 (vs. Indianapolis)- Giants 35, Colts 31 (5-3)

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Week 9 (vs. Indianapolis)- Giants 35, Colts 31 (5-3)

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The Giants return off the bye in Week 8 well rested and ready to resume the season. However, their post-bye schedule is pretty brutal, starting with a home game vs. Andrew Luck and Indianapolis on Monday Night Football. This game will also mark the return of former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, who signed with the Colts this offseason. While Nicks may be motivated to burn his former employers, the Indy defense wilts in the end.

Week 10 (at Seattle)- Seahawks 28, Giants 14 (5-4)

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Week 10 (at Seattle)- Seahawks 28, Giants 14 (5-4)

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The Giants don't have very many fond memories of playing in Seattle, and that's very likely to continue this season. Even with a revamped squad, the Giants still pose little threat to a Seahawks team that's incredibly difficult to defeat in the confines of their own stadium. The defending Super Bowl champions have the kind of defense that can give Eli Manning fits, and the Giants don't have the receivers to matchup with their talented secondary.

Week 11 (vs. San Francisco)- 49ers 24, Giants 16 (5-5)

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Week 11 (vs. San Francisco)- 49ers 24, Giants 16 (5-5)

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New York falls to .500 on the season after a tough home loss to the Niners. San Francisco and New York have had some epic battles in recent seasons, but the Giants' offense, as currently constituted, looks like a poor fit to handle the vaunted 49er defense. Colin Kaepernick could create nightmares for the Giants defense and, even playing at home, this one will be a very difficult game for the Giants to walk away victorious.

Week 12 (vs. Dallas)- Giants 31, Cowboys 17 (6-5)

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Week 12 (vs. Dallas)- Giants 31, Cowboys 17 (6-5)

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The Giants and Cowboys have been so evenly matched in recent years, it's never a surprise when they end up splitting the season series. The Giants get back on the winning track after back-to-back losses by drubbing Dallas in East Rutherford, as the New York offense finally shakes the cobwebs caused by the prior two defenses. The Giants' defense will be fully meshed by now and will start to play better as the playoffs approach.

Week 13 (at Jacksonville)- Giants 23, Jaguars 17 (7-5)

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Week 13 (at Jacksonville)- Giants 23, Jaguars 17 (7-5)

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This has classic trap game written all over it, but the Giants will find a way to sneak by the Jaguars in Jacksonville. We still don't who the signal caller will be for the Jags, but much like Houston, whomever it is will likely be very beatable. The Jaguars' defense could be much improved and the Giants' offense may sputter a bit in this one, but with a few late drives, they'll ultimately pull this one out.

Week 14 (at Tennessee)- Giants 28, Titans 17 (8-5)

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Week 14 (at Tennessee)- Giants 28, Titans 17 (8-5)

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The Titans have proven to be quite the thorn in the Giants' side in recent meetings, but New York hopes to change that this time around. Although there's no guarantee that Jake Locker is a.) healthy or b.) the Tennessee starting QB in Week 14, the Giants could win their third in a row if they can hold off the Titans in Tennessee. Having lost Chris Johnson and with few offensive weapons, the Titans could be easy pickings for New York.

Week 15 (vs. Washington)- Redskins 27, Giants 24 (8-6)

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Week 15 (vs. Washington)- Redskins 27, Giants 24 (8-6)

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It wouldn't be a Giants season without an inexplicable loss down the stretch. Having won three straight games and feeling good about themselves, it would be a typical Giants move to slip up and lose at home to Washington. Robert Griffin will be fully removed from his injury and figures to be playing at a high level again, and he could cause problems for a Giants defense if they overlook this opponent.

Week 16 (at St. Louis)- Rams 21, Giants 13 (8-7)

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Week 16 (at St. Louis)- Rams 21, Giants 13 (8-7)

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This game is another one that screams problems for the Giants. Playing inside on a fast track, the Rams' pass rushers are among the best in the league. While it remains to be seen how improved the Giants' offensive line is, St. Louis figures to come at them from all angles which could cause Eli Manning lots of problems. With Robert Quinn leading the way, the Rams will score just enough points to get past New York.

Week 17 (vs. Philadelphia)- Giants 30, Eagles 20 (9-7)

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Week 17 (vs. Philadelphia)- Giants 30, Eagles 20 (9-7)

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For what seems like the umpteenth season in a row, the NFC East could be decided on the last week of the season, which is the beauty of the NFL scheduling divisional games for the final week. The Giants come into this matchup at 8-7, needing a win to have a shot at either a division title or a wild card spot. They hold off the Eagles and Nick Foles, as Eli Manning delivers a vintage performance to get New York into playoff contention.


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