Posted on April 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm | Updated on April 19, 2018 at 06:14
For the fans of Giants, who saw their team's season crash and burns until week 5 with a 0: 5 start in 2017, the worst option is yet another brutal start to the season. Even if the Giants are not a playoff team, at least keep the interest alive until the end of the season … and keep the Eagles fans away from the MetLife stadium.
But the first half of the timetable seems to be much tougher than the second half.
Here are nine other observations on the schedule:
NY Giants vs. Jaguars preseason game 8.22.15
Week 1 against AFC
Let us set aside that Tom Coughlin returns with Jaguars to confront Giants story in week one.
Is it a good thing for the Giants to compete against a non-NFC team in the first week? Some will decide that it is better for the Giants to compete against an AFC team while trying to figure out their preseason identity so that a misstep does not reappear and appear in potential playoff tiebreaks.
Let's take the other argument: Teams should be the healthiest in Week 1, so play important games with full strength. By the time the Giants reached most of their divisional plan in 2017, they were a shell of their regular roster.
Weeks 4-7 are brutal
When will we find out the truth about the Giants as candidates or pretenders?
The Giants will play four straight teams that brought home the 2017 NFC playoffs from weeks 4-7: Homes for the Saints, with the Panthers, for the Eagles and Hawks. The only NFC playoff teams missing on this leg are the Vikings and the Rams.
And that's beyond the road trips in weeks 2 and 3. No friendly start.
Texas in two steps
The Giants are in Week 2 in Dallas and Week 3 in Houston.
Teams with consecutive games on the West Coast sometimes stay on the West Coast and practice during the week to limit travel exhaustion and hours. Texas is not exactly the West Coast, but these are the farthest away games for the Giants, except for a trip to San Francisco.
It's pretty clear that former coach Ben McAdoo would not have left the Giants in Texas between matches – he did not even travel to London early – but what will new coach Pat Shurmur prefer?