The Giants open and shut their 2021 season at residence, play three primetime video games — together with two “Monday Night Football” street video games in opposition to the mighty Chiefs and Buccaneers — and get a bye week close to midseason in Joe Judge’s second yr as head coach.
Like snowbirds, the Giants within the back-end of the season get to depart the chilly for the heat of Florida. They have a tough stretch early (at New Orleans, at Dallas, vs. the Rams) and face NFC East opponents 3 times of their final 4 video games.
Here is the total slate:
Giants get to open up at residence in opposition to a group that went 5-11 in 2020. Will it’s Drew Lock, or perhaps Aaron Rodgers at quarterback? Denver’s offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, went 9-23 in two dismal seasons (2018 and 2019) because the Giants’ head coach. Revenge game? Nah, in all probability not.
Week 2: at Washington
It’s a fast turnaround for the Giants with this Thursday night time primetime game, but it surely’s a brief practice trip to Landover, Md., in order that helps. Giants received at FedEx Field in 2020 — Joe Judge’s first NFL victory. This might be Ryan Fitzpatrick operating the present on offense, at 38 years outdated, which might be the fifth completely different beginning quarterback up to now 5 residence openers for Washington.
Week 3: vs. Falcons
This will probably be probability to see simply how mighty the Giants’ defensive backfield really is, going in opposition to uber-talented tight finish Kyle Pitts, the Falcons’ first-round draft choose. Can newly signed CB Adoree’ Jackson deal with this task? This will probably be labeled a house game the Giants must win, contemplating the Falcons are coming off a dreadful 4-12 season.
Week 4: at Saints
It received’t be Eli Manning and Drew Brees slinging it round contained in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, so Daniel Jones vs. Jameis Winston (or Taysom Hill) should suffice. Giants first-round choose Kadarius Toney says he fashions a few of his game after Alvin Kamara and the Giants hope a few of that elusiveness rubs off on the rookie large receiver.
Week 5: at Cowboys
The final time the Giants performed inside AT&T Stadium, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott went down within the third quarter on a superbly authorized sort out by Logan Ryan, misplaced for the rest of the season with a compound ankle fracture and dislocation. Nearly a yr to the day later, Prescott, healed, takes purpose on the Giants once more.
Week 6: vs. Rams
The Giants hung in with the Rams in Week 4 final season however couldn’t generate a single landing in a 17-9 loss, indicative of the defensive fortitude and offensive doldrums that characterised their whole 2020 marketing campaign. Yes, that’s Matt Stafford now taking part in quarterback for the Rams.
Week 7: vs. Panthers
Lots and many connections right here. Dave Gettleman was the Panthers’ normal supervisor from 2013-17. James Bradberry is a former Carolina cornerback. New Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold used to play that place for the opposite NFL group that calls MetLife Stadium residence. And, lest we neglect, Matt Rhule, and never Judge, possible would have been the Giants head coach had he not been blown over by a $60 million contract to work in Charlotte.
Week 8: at Chiefs
You need to be the very best, it’s important to beat the very best. But on “Monday Night Football” at Arrowhead Stadium, one of many loudest buildings within the league? Good luck with that. Everyone is aware of how nice Patrick Mahomes is and a nationwide tv viewers will get to see if defensive coordinator Patrick Graham has the products to decelerate this greatness.
Week 9: vs. Raiders
The final time these groups squared off was late within the 2017 season, in Oakland, the notorious Geno Smith in, Eli Manning out fiasco that continues to be a franchise lowlight. This time, the Raiders fly in from Las Vegas and the Giants (Jabrill Peppers) must cope with pass-catching terror tight finish Darren Waller.
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: at Buccaneers
The Giants final season battled Tom Brady and the Bucs all the way down to the wire on “Monday Night Football,” dropping 25-23, so why not run it again once more, this time on a Monday night time in Tampa? Coming off their bye, the Giants get further time and relaxation to arrange for the defending Super Bowl champs. They’ll want it.
Week 12: vs. Eagles
Giants followers have to attend till Thanksgiving weekend to berate the despised Eagles, who tanked their 2020 regular-season finale to maintain the Giants out of the playoffs, a maneuver that performed into head coach Doug Pederson dropping his job. The Eagles additionally traded up over the Giants within the NFL Draft to take Alabama WR DeVonta Smith, the participant the Giants would have taken at No. 11.
Week 13: at Dolphins
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores labored with Judge on the Patriots’ employees and they’re constructing their groups in their very own photographs. The Giants cherished Jaylen Waddle and the Alabama yards-after-catch maven went No. 6 total, reuniting with faculty teammate Tua Tagovailoa. Can one in all their former Crimson Tide teammates, Xavier McKinney, assist the Giants sluggish them down?
Week 14: at Chargers
Justin Herbert at instances was sensational as a rookie quarterback in 2020 and now he has Rashawn Slater — an offensive lineman the Giants handed over within the NFL Draft — blocking for him. This will probably be indication of how a lot progress Daniel Jones has proven in yr No. 3, in contrast with how Herbert is taking part in in his second NFL season.
Week 15: vs. Cowboys
The final time these groups performed in New Jersey, each have been alive for the division title within the moribund NFC East. The Giants eradicated the Cowboys 23-19, ending a seven-game dropping streak. There have been no followers within the constructing for that game, although. To forestall a Dallas fan invasion, the Giants have to be in playoff competition this late within the season.
Week 16: at Eagles
There is not any extra ugly House of Horrors for the Giants than Lincoln Financial Field. The Giants have misplaced eight consecutive video games in Philly and so they’ve blown a double-digit result in lose in three straight seasons. You identify it, the Giants do it improper on Pattison Ave.
Week 17: at Bears
This is an fascinating one. The Giants facilitated the Bears nabbing Justin Fields within the NFL Draft, buying and selling down from No. 11 to No. 20. Is Fields this late within the season a longtime beginning quarterback or a struggling rookie? The Giants personal the Bears’ 2022 first-round choose, so inflicting a loss at Soldier Field is a win-win.
Week 18: vs. Washington
Will this matchup have playoff implications for both group? If so, the Giants get a break with a regular-season finale at residence, the place it figures to be chilly for each side and very inhospitable for the visiting group.